Trump's Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett refused to say whether she thought a president should commit to a ‘peaceful transfer of power’ and people are highly alarmed.
“Do you believe that every president should make a commitment, unequivocally and resolutely, the peaceful transfer of power?” Asked Senator and former Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker, on the second day of Barett’s confirmation hearing.
Wow. Under questioning from Booker, Coney Barrett won't even say that she thinks presidents should commit to the pe… https://t.co/UZCqMlOmMQ
"That seems to me to be pulling me into the question of whether the president has said he would not leave office. To the extent that this is a political controversy right now, as a judge I want to stay out of it, and I don't want to express a view," Barrett replied, completing dodging the question.
Justice Barrett refuses to answer whether a president should commit to the peaceful transfer of power. She says tha… https://t.co/aFSPsGhJmH
“Amy Coney Barrett literally will not say if the President should commit to the peaceful transfer of power,” Elie Mystal tweeted, to which others responded: “How the f*** are all of them getting away with this?”
Amy Coney Barrett punted on whether the president can unilaterally postpone the election.
She punted on whether th… https://t.co/tI5gXr800F
— Miranda Yaver, PhD (@Miranda Yaver, PhD)
This is insane.
Journalists: Don't do this.
Judges: Don't do this.
None of us should be neutral on the peaceful… https://t.co/FyeNZ2egC8
People were particularly concerned with her calling a “peaceful transfer of power” – which politics professor Brendan Nyhan called “the core of democracy itself” – merely just a “political controversy”.
“It’s not a political controversy. It’s a question of law,” one lawyer tweeted. Others said it was a sign of corruption and made it seem like she “doesn't support generic principles of democracy”.
You can either pick the “of course there should be a peaceful transfer of power” party or you can pick the “that is… https://t.co/1AzVwAzDFK
Booker, seemingly trying to get some kind of answer on this pertinent question, continued to press Barrett on the matter, and she responded:
"One of the beauties of America from the beginning of the republic is that we have had peaceful transfers of power and that disappointed voters have accepted the new leaders that come into office ... That's not true in every country..."
So again, not a 'yes' or 'no'.
Questions Amy Coney Barrett refused to answer today:
-if Trump should commit to peaceful transfer of power (he mus… https://t.co/baBetpdMY6
This whole confirmation is controversial, as many see Barrett’s nomination as highly hypocritical, considering Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s speeding through a confirmation process just weeks before an election. But none of this seems to matter, as McConnell and the Senate Republicans seems to have their minds fully made up, and seemingly nothing will stop them from confirming the judge.