Amy Coney Barrett Concerned About the Public Perception of the Supreme Court as Partisan

Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett said in a speech in Kentucky on Sunday that she was concerned that the public would increasingly see the high court as a partisan institution.

Barrett made the remarks at the University of Louisville’s McConnell Center, where she was introduced by Mitch McConnell.

Justices must be “hyper vigilant to make sure they’re not letting personal biases creep into their decisions, since judges are people, too,” Barrett said.

Barrett made an appeal for the public to see the court as non-partisan, attributing some mischaracterization by the media as part of the problem. Barrett said that “judicial philosophies are not the same as political parties….“To say the court’s reasoning is flawed is different from saying the court is acting in a partisan manner.”

“…Sometimes, I don’t like the results of my decisions. But it’s not my job to decide cases based on the outcome I want.”

“My goal today is to convince you that this court is not comprised of a bunch of partisan hacks,” Barrett told the group of more than 100.

A group of demonstrators protested outside the event focusing on McConnell’s handling of recent appointments, as well as the court’s recent decision to deny an emergency appeal of the Texas heartbeat bill.

“I’m aware that they stay in power through unethical and unscrupulous means. … I’m just tired of it,” said a woman dressed like a handmaiden from “The Handmaid’s Tale” series, who declined to give her name.

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