[Ed. – The original title of this article was ‘What Amy Coney Barrett said in 2016 about confirming justices in an election year,’ which makes it an example of ‘War was not declared today’ journalism, as the excerpt confirms.]
Judge Amy Coney Barrett, one of the leading contenders to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, said in 2016 that she did not think precedent “establishes a rule for either side in the debate” over replacing Supreme Court justices during an election year.
“It shouldn’t be a surprise that the Senate is willing to push a president’s nominee through in an election year when they share the same political affiliation,” Barrett, a professor at Notre Dame Law School at the time, told CBSN in February 2016.
Barrett … was speaking shortly after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, the court’s most conservative member for whom she had clerked. After his death, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell quickly vowed not to consider then-President Obama’s nominee to fill the seat before the 2016 presidential election.