October 13, 2020

Judge Barrett describes ‘difficult’ decision to accept SCOTUS nomination: ‘We knew that our lives would be combed over for any negative detail’

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When asked by Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham about her experience since being nominated by President Donald Trump for the Supreme Court vacancy, Judge Amy Coney Barrett responded that while it was a difficult decision, it would be difficult for anyone, but that her passion for the law ultimately motivated her to go through with the intense process.

Judge Barrett has been attacked in the media for her devotion to Catholicism and her large and diverse family. At Tuesday’s hearing, she said she expected and prepared for that backlash.

“Well, Senator, I’ve tried to be on a media blackout for the sake of my mental health, but, you know, you can’t keep yourself walled off from everything and I’m aware of a lot of the caricatures that are floating around,” Judge Barrett said.

She added, “So, I think what I would like to say in response to that question is that look, I’ve made distinct choices, I’ve decided to pursue a career and have a large family. I have a multiracial family, our faith is important to us, all of those things are true, but they are my choices and in my personal interactions with people, I mean I have a life brimming with people who have made different choices and I’ve never tried in my personal life to impose my choices on them and the same is true professionally.”

Judge Barrett also explained how her family thought carefully about the decision to accept Trump’s nomination, saying that her commitment to the country and her family’s support outweighed the difficulty.

“I mean, I apply the law and Senator, I think I should say why I’m sitting in this seat in response to that question too, why I’ve agreed to be here because I don’t think it’s any secret to any of you or to the American people that this is a really difficult, some might say excruciating process and Jesse and I had a very brief amount of time to make a decision with momentous consequences for our family.”

“We knew that our lives would be combed over for any negative detail, we knew that our faith would be caricatured, we knew that our family would be attacked, and, so we had to decide whether those difficulties would be worth it because what sane person would go through that if there wasn’t a benefit on the other side. And the benefit I think is that I’m committed to the rule of law and the role of the Supreme Court in dispensing equal justice for all. And I’m not the only person who could do this job, but I was asked and it would be difficult for anyone, so why should I say someone else should do the difficulty if the difficulty is the only reason to say no? I should serve my country and my family’s all in on that because they share my belief and the rule of law.”

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