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

Sen. Chris CoonsChris Andrew CoonsCutting critical family support won't solve the labor crisis Progressive groups ramp up pressure on Feinstein Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting 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 TrumpGuardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa wins GOP primary in NYC mayor's race Garland dismisses broad review of politicization of DOJ under Trump Schumer vows next steps after 'ridiculous,' 'awful' GOP election bill filibuster 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 LeeSenate confirms Biden pick for No. 2 role at Interior Big Tech critic Lina Khan named chair of the FTC GOP senators press Justice Department to compare protest arrests to Capitol riot MORE (R-Utah) and Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisSenate Republicans: Newly proposed ATF rules could pave way for national gun registry Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting Centrists gain leverage over progressives in Senate infrastructure battle MORE (R-N.C.).