Less than two weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court allowed a controversial and highly restrictive Texas anti-abortion stand with a partisan 5-4 vote, Justice Amy Coney Barrett told a group in Kentucky on Sunday that the high court isn’t just a “bunch of partisan hacks.”
According to the Louisville Courier Journal, Barrett was speaking at the 30th anniversary of the opening of the McConnell Center at the University of Louisville, telling about 100 guests:
“My goal today is to convince you that this court is not comprised of a bunch of partisan hacks. Judicial philosophies are not the same as political parties.”
Rather than accepting her share of the blame when it comes to the public believing that the court is indeed political, Barrett suggested the fault lies with the media:
“The media, along with hot takes on Twitter, report the results and decisions. … That makes the decision seem results-oriented. It leaves the reader to judge whether the court was right or wrong, based on whether she liked the results of the decision.
“And here’s the thing: Sometimes, I don’t like the results of my decisions. But it’s not my job to decide cases based on the outcome I want.”
But as David Badash of The New Civil Rights Movement notes, Barrett is partially to blame for the American people believing the high court has indeed become little more than an extension of the political process:
“Barrett of course brought this perception on herself, allowing her nomination to be pushed through in the weeks before a highly controversial presidential election, appearing at a super-spreader event at the White House celebrating her nomination, then later standing on the White House balcony with President Trump, days before the election, all of which effectively worked as an endorsement of his re-election.”
MOMENTS AGO: Justice Amy Coney Barrett and President Trump stand on White House balcony after she is sworn in to the Supreme Court. pic.twitter.com/XEJcY7msCE
— The Hill (@thehill) October 27, 2020
Despite her attempt to paint herself as a non-partisan judge who is merely doing her job, many weren’t buying her claim of neutrality:
“let me show that SCOTUS is nonpartisan by speaking at the McConnell Center & being introduced by Sen. McConnell who is taking a victory lap and being honored *precisely because* he used partisan politics to allow the GOP take control of SCOTUS appointments” is some next level BS https://t.co/LJ4PAuc32I
— Leah Litman (@LeahLitman) September 13, 2021
This is an actual photograph of Amy Coney Barrett complaining that people see the Supreme Court as a partisan Republican tool nowadays pic.twitter.com/o0llujWusP
— Arlen Parsa (@arlenparsa) September 13, 2021
#BREAKING:So let’s get this straight. Justice Amy Coney Barrett, speaking at SUPER PARTISAN Mitch McConnell’s event, is worried about public perception of SCOTUS as a partisan institution?
How about NOT speaking at a Mitch McConnell event?🤦♀️https://t.co/rhfRs4p2vR
— Emoluments Clause (@Emolclause) September 13, 2021
Amy Coney Barrett now says she is worried that the public sees the Supreme Court as a “bunch of partisan hacks”.
No shit, lady. When you let men hunt women down for a $10,000 bounty, pretty sure you’re completely compromised & we are thoroughly fucked.
— Kyla In The Burgh 🏳️🌈🏴☠️ (@KylaInTheBurgh) September 13, 2021
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