WASHINGTON — Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett spoke about how the death of George Floyd in May at the hands of police was “very, very personal” to her, as the mother of two black children, during her confirmation hearing on Tuesday.
The appeals court judge said she believed racism was an ongoing problem in the United States but argued it was a policy matter for Congress, not the judicial system, to fix.
During day two of the hearing, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) asked President Trump’s nominee for the high court if she had watched the video of Floyd’s death that sparked a historic conversation about civil rights and police reform and how it had impacted her.
“Senator, as you might imagine, given that I have two black children, that was very, very personal for my family,” said Barrett, 48, a mom of seven who adopted two children, Vivian and John Peter, from Haiti.
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