Kamala Harris Spars with Amy Coney Barrett on Racial Discrimination

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“My question is do you agree with Justice Roberts who said, ‘Voting discrimination still exists,'” Harris said. “‘No one doubts that.’ Do you agree with that statement?”

“Senator Harris I will not comment on what any justice said in an opinion,” Barrett said. “Whether an opinion is right or wrong. or endorse that proposition.”

“Do you call it a proposition or a fact?” Harris said. “Are you saying you don’t agree with a fact?”

“Senator, I’m not going to make a comment,” Barrett said. “I’m not going to say that I endorse either majority or the dissent in the case of Shelby County.”

Harris and Barrett were discussing a voting rights case out of Texas.

“Are you saying you refuse to dispute a known fact?” Harris said. “Or that you refuse to agree with a known fact.” Barrett replied:

Senator, I’m not exactly sure what you’re getting at with asking me to endorse the fact or that any particular practice constitutes voter discrimination. I’m very happy to say that I think racial discrimination still exists in the United States, and I think we’ve seen evidence of that this summer.

“Do you think voting discrimination exists based on race in America in any form?” Harris said.

“Senator Harris, there have been cases — we’ve talked in this hearing about the Wisconsin case that came up to the court involving voting. I think anything — any opinion that I would express…” Barrett said. “And I don’t mean to signal that I disagree with the statement either.”

“What I mean to say is that I’m not going to express an opinion, because these are very charged issues,” Barrett said. “They have been litigated in the courts, and so I will not engage on that question.”

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