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Coons: Barrett has 'views that make her not qualified to serve on the Supreme Court'

Sen. Chris CoonsChris Andrew CoonsThe eight Democrats who voted 'no' on minimum wage Justice Democrats call moderates' votes against minimum wage hike 'unconscionable' Senate rejects Sanders minimum wage hike MORE (D-Del.) in an interview on Sunday called Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s positions “disqualifying.” 

“I’m going to be laying out the ways in which Judge Barrett’s views, her views on reaching back and reconsidering and overturning long-settled precedent, are not just extreme; they’re disqualifying,” Coons, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said on “Fox News Sunday,” referring to Barrett's confirmation hearings, which are scheduled to begin this week.

“She has views that make her not qualified to serve on the Supreme Court,” Coons continued, noting that “President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump announces new tranche of endorsements DeSantis, Pence tied in 2024 Republican poll Lawmakers demand changes after National Guard troops at Capitol sickened from tainted food MORE has said he would only nominate someone who would overturn the Affordable Care Act, taking away health care protections for 100 million Americans” amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Coons specifically referenced Barrett’s earlier criticism of Chief Justice John Roberts’s 2012 decision upholding the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Delaware senator added that “this is hard for your average American to follow, I think,” saying he had spoken with constituents who believed the ACA was already settled law.

“This is their last desperate measure to jam someone onto the court to accomplish that goal by Supreme Court decision what they couldn’t accomplish by legislative action in the Congress,” he said.

He also noted that both the president and Republicans on the committee have said they would only vote to confirm a justice who they were confident would overturn Roe v. Wade.

“We shouldn’t be having this committee [hearing] with two members of the committee infected with COVID,” he added, referencing Sens. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeWhite House downplays surprising February jobs gain, warns US far from recovery White House open to reforming war powers amid bipartisan push Garland's AG nomination delayed by GOP roadblocks MORE (R-Utah) and Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisMcConnell backs Garland for attorney general GOP senators demand probe into Cuomo's handling of nursing home deaths CNN anchor confronts GOP chairman over senator's vote to convict Trump MORE (R-N.C.).