Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett urged the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday not to assume that she will judge like the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
The Supreme Court nominee repeatedly emphasized to senators in Tuesday’s hearing that though Scalia was one of her mentors and an “eloquent defender of originalism” and that Scalia’s “philosophy is mine,” that doesn’t mean she would always reach the same conclusions as Scalia. (RELATED: ‘Excruciating’: Amy Coney Barrett Says She Attempted A ‘Media Blackout’ Throughout Nomination Process)
“For textualism, the judge approaches the text as it was written with the meaning it had at the time and doesn’t infuse their own meaning into it. But I want to be careful to say if I am confirmed, you would not be getting Justice Scalia. You would be getting Justice Barrett. And that is so because originalists don’t always agree. And neither do textualists.”
Later during the hearing Democratic California Sen. Dianne Feinstein questioned Barrett on whether she agrees with Justice Scalia’s “view that the U.S. Constitution does not afford gay people the fundamental right to marry?”
“Senator Feinstein, as I said to Senator Graham at the outset if I were confirmed,