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- Former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg warned of the stakes of Judge Amy Coney Barrett's potential confirmation to the Supreme Court in an interview
- "My marriage might depend on what is about to happen in the senate with regard to this justice," he said.
- Buttigieg doubled down on Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's criticisms of Barrett's nomination, saying Sunday that the process was "wrong."
- He also urged the US to "turn the page" from President Donald Trump, who he described as a "destabilizing force" and a "president who is incapable" of handling the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg warned of the high stakes surrounding Judge Amy Coney Barrett's potential confirmation to the Supreme Court, including the marriage of LGBTQ couples.
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In an interviewhost Chris Wallace asked Buttigieg about Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's views on court-packing, the act of adding more justices to shift the ideological balance.
The former vice president said most recently on anheld this past week that "he is not a fan" of court-packing but , depending on the confirmation process for Barrett.
Buttigieg on Sunday"haven't changed," and pointed to the policies at play in Barrett's potential confirmation by the Senate.
"We don't want to allow this president to change the subject, which is what they are always doing," Buttigieg told Wallace. "There are all kinds of interesting questions on the future of the American judiciary, but right now as we speak the pre-existing condition coverage of millions of Americans might depend on what is about to happen in the senate with regard to this justice."
Merriam-Webster dictionary updates 'sexual preference' entry after Amy Coney Barrett hearing
Merriam-Webster added the word "offensive" to its usage guidance of "preference" and "sexual preference" when referring to sexual orientation.During the hearing Tuesday, Barrett was asked whether she agrees with the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s criticism of the same-sex marriage ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges – the landmark case which legalized gay marriage in the United States and which advocates worry Barrett would not support if confirmed to the nation's highest court.
"My marriage might depend on what is about to happen in the senate with regard to this justice," Buttigieg added.
In the confirmation hearing, Barrettprotecting LGBTQ rights and the legalization of birth control because she "can't grade precedent." She also for using the when referring to LGBTQ Americans' sexual orientation during her hearing.
Wallace also asked Buttigieg about his previous criticism of Biden's vote supporting the Iraq war. Last year during the Democratic race for the presidential nomination,then-fellow candidate Biden's vote as "an example of why years in Washington is not always the same thing as judgment." and that supported use of military force against Iraq, which sparked severe
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Buttigieg doubled down on his belief that invading Iraq was "a mistake" but added, "we are not going to take lessons on Iraq policy from this current president who can barely keep straight what's going on in the Middle East and is a destabilizing force everywhere he goes."
He added that "we need to turn the page" from a "president who is incapable of handling a public health crisis that has now cost almost a quarter of a million American lives, thrown our economy into a total wreckage, and clearly has no plan to do anything about it."
Pack the court? Battles between Republicans and Democrats fuel clash over Supreme Court's future .
The Constitution does not set the number of justices. Created in 1789 with six, the court has veered from five to 10, settling at nine 150 years ago.Fuming at what President Donald Trump and Republicans have done since 2016 to turn the court to the right, they could fight back with legislation, Senate rules changes – even by granting statehood (and two Senate seats) to the District of Columbia or Puerto Rico.