Gov. Newsom Falsely Suggests Barrett Once Opposed Tipping Court’s Balance of Power During an Election Year

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by Chris White

 

Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom falsely suggested Saturday that United States Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett once railed against tipping the balance of power in the court during an election year.

“Here is Judge Amy Coney Barrett explaining why it’s wrong to fill a SCOTUS vacancy during a presidential election year,” Newsom, wrote in a since-deleted tweet that included a video of Barrett in a 2016 media interview discussing the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died that year of a heart attack at his Texas hunting resort.

Newsom’s tweet comes after Newsweek and other outlets falsely reported that Barrett said it would be inappropriate to nominate a Supreme Court justice who would flip the court’s “balance of power.”

She also discussed how replacing Scalia with a nominee by former President Barack Obama would change the court’s ideological makeup.

“Moreover, Kennedy is a moderate Republican and he replaced a moderate Republican, Powell,” she said, comparing the differences in Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy 1998 confirmation to the circumstances surrounding Scalia’s replacement.

Barrett added: “We’re talking about Justice Scalia, you know, the staunchest conservative on the court, and we’re talking about him being replaced by someone who could dramatically flip the balance of power on the court. It’s not a lateral move.”

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Chris White is a reporter at Daily Caller News Foundation.
Photos “Supreme Court” by Kjetil Ree and “Gavin Newsom” by Tim Hurst CC BY-SA 2.0
Photo “Amy Coney Barrett” by Rachel Malehorn CC BY 3.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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