Judge Amy Coney Barrett said on Sunday that political parties play no role in decision-making in the Supreme Court.
At the University of Louisville’s McConnell Center in Kentucky, Judge Barrett said, “Judiciary philosophy is not the same as political parties.”
“To say that a court’s reasoning is flawed is not to say that the court is acting partisan,” she said.
Her remarks came after a referral by Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader who helped establish the center. McConnell helped Judge Barrett rush to ensure confirmation just weeks after Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death and weeks before President Donald J. Trump lost his reelection bid. ..
The court currently has six Republican appointees and three Democratic appointees.
Judge Barrett’s remarks reported by the Associated Press were in line with those of other members of the court who claimed that party affiliation had nothing to do with frequent divisions along the line of idealism. Judge Stephen G. Breyer, appointed by President Bill Clinton, pointed out that, for example, in a new book and an interview promoting it.
Judge Barrett’s remarks were challenged by three judges in court appointed by the Democratic President, following a series of recent rulings on asylum policy, the federal peasant eviction moratorium, and the new Texas abortion law.