Eugene Scalia Discusses Amy Coney Barrett’s Nomination

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During an interview on Fox News on Sunday, Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia, late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s son, discussed the nomination of Federal appeals court Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

“Well, she is a beloved teacher, a very respected scholar. I think she has shown herself to be a thoughtful jurist.” Scalia said. “And she’s just a wonderful, warm, admirable human being as well. Mother to seven, mother to school-age children. She is a very impressive, delightful person. I think the American people as they come to know her are going to find her very admirable in so many ways.”

Scalia went on to discuss criticism of Barrett’s disagreements with the rulings on the Affordable Care Act.

I believe that she made the observation that it appeared that the chief justice had bent over backwards to twist the language of that statute to save its constitutionality.” Scalia said. “That was a criticism that a number of people made at the time. By the way, it was something that other people praised the chief justice for. A number of people said the justice did the right thing by, in their view, going out of his way to save the statute.”

“So it was a very common view at the time. I think the most important thing to know about Judge Barrett’s jurisprudence is that she will go where the law takes her.” Scalia continued. “Her view of judging is that any personal views she may have on health care or any other matter you can name is not relevant to determining what Congress wrote and what’s in our Constitution. Her authority derives from those documents. She understands that and she will follow the lead of the Constitution and its original meaning and the text of what Congress wrote.”