Senator Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Asked Justice Amy Coney Barrett if smoking causes cancer and if the coronavirus is infectious, in a bid to reveal the Supreme Court candidate’s thoughts on global climate change.
After a lengthy introduction where Harris spoke about John Lewis, racism and voter discrimination, the Democratic Vice Presidential candidate asked Barrett if she agreed with Chief Justice John Roberts when he said said that voter discrimination still exists.
Barrett said there have been some specific cases of electoral discrimination.
“I will not comment on what any judge has said in an opinion, whether an opinion is good or bad, or I will endorse that proposition,” Barrett said, after her position for the remainder of the week that she declined to disclose opinions on any hot item. court button business.
“Do you accept that COVID-19 is infectious?” Harris asked.
“Yes,” Barrett replied. “It’s an obvious fact, yes.
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“Do you agree that smoking causes cancer?” Harris continued.
“I don’t know exactly where you are going with this, but… Senator Harris, yes, every pack of cigarettes warns that smoking causes cancer,” the judge said.
“Do you think climate change is happening and threatening the air we breathe and the water we drink?” Harris asked.
Barrett responded, “Senator, again I was wondering where you were going with this, you asked me a series of questions that are absolutely uncontroversial, for example if COVID-19 is infectious, if smoking causes cancer, and then try to analog it to elicit an opinion from me that is on a very controversial issue of public debate. ”
” I will not do that. I will not express an opinion on a matter of public policy, in particular on a politically controversial question because it is incompatible with the judicial rule as I explained, ”she continued.
“Thank you, Judge Barrett, you have made it clear that you believe this is a moot point,” Harris said.
Harris later said she was disappointed with Barrett’s non-engaging responses. “There were a lot of unanswered questions, frankly and that’s a shame,” she told reporters as she left her Capitol Hill office.
Earlier Wednesday, Barrett said she did not have a “firm point of view” on climate change.
“I’ve read about climate change,” Barrett told Sen. John Kennedy, R-La.
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“And do you have any views on climate change that you’ve thought of?” Kennedy asked.
“I’m certainly not a scientist,” Barrett replied. “I’ve read about climate change. I wouldn’t say I have strong opinions on this. ”
Pressed on the issue by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Barrett said she didn’t think her views on climate change were relevant to the job.
“I don’t think my opinions on global warming or climate change are relevant to the job I would do as a judge and I don’t feel like I have sufficiently informed opinions and I don’t studied the scientific data. I’m not really in a position to offer any informed opinion, ”she said.
Blumenthal asked Barrett if she agreed with President Trump’s take on climate change.
“I don’t know if I saw the president’s expression on his take on climate change,” she replied.
After casting doubt on the matter, Trump appeared to come to the idea that climate change is caused by humans.
When asked if he thought climate change was a hoax in January, Trump said, “Nothing is a hoax about this. This is a very serious subject. I want clean air; i want clean water. I want the cleanest air with the cleanest water. the environment is very important to me.
During his first debate with Democratic candidate Joe Biden, Trump was asked whether human greenhouse gas emissions are contributing to global warming.
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“I think a lot of things do, but I think to a certain extent it does,” he said.