Nikki Haley on Amy Coney Barrett: ‘She Ran Circles Around Them…She’s Got 7 Kids and Does Carpool’

By Patrick Goodenough | October 26, 2020 | 4:23am EDT
With her children arrayed behind her, Judge Amy Coney Barrett testifies during her Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on October 13. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Pool/AFP via Getty Images)
With her children arrayed behind her, Judge Amy Coney Barrett testifies during her Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on October 13. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Pool/AFP via Getty Images)

( – Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has a nickname for Judge Amy Coney Barrett: Minivan Justice.

Campaigning on behalf of President Trump at the weekend, Haley told an audience in Reading, Pa. that the Supreme Court nominee had run “circles” around senators during her three days of grilling by the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this month.

“How about Amy Coney Barrett?” she asked, prompting cheers and applause.

“You know, I call her our little Minivan Justice. Because she went into that Senate and she ran circles around them,” Haley said. “See, they didn’t realize, she’s got seven kids and does carpool. She knows how to do this. She can manage it.”


“She’s going to be a fantastic justice.”

Haley said a key issue at stake in the election “is whether we have a conservative court, or whether we have a liberal court, where they pack it.”

Trump is trying to “get us a court where they acknowledge the law, not rewrite it to what everyone else wanted it to be,” she said.

During Barrett’s confirmation hearings, committee ranking member Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) invited her to introduce her seven children, after noting that she has been observing them – “they sit still, quiet. You’ve done a very good job.”

“I have eyes in the back of my head,” Barrett said, “so they know I’m watching.”


After the judge introduced the children as well as her own six siblings, Feinstein said, “You don’t have a magic formula for how you do it, and handle all the children, and your job, and your work, and your thought process – which is obviously excellent – do you?”

“It’s improv,” Barrett said with a chuckle.

On Sunday, the Senate continued to debate the nomination, and voted to begin winding down debate, setting up a final confirmation vote for Monday.

The procedural vote passed 51-48, with all Republicans voting for cloture except for Sens. Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), and all Democrats voting against the move. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), campaigning for the vice presidency, did not vote.

Democrat after Democrat criticized the decision to go ahead with the confirmation just days before Election Day, and when millions have already cast their ballots.

Despite Murkowski’s vote on Sunday, she announced on the Senate floor that she will ultimately vote for confirmation.

“While I oppose the process that has led us to this point, I do not hold it against her as an individual who has navigated the gauntlet with grace, skill, and humility,” she said. “I will vote ‘no’ on the procedural votes ahead of us, but ‘yes’ to confirm Judge Barrett, when the question before us is her qualification to be an associate justice on the Supreme Court.”

Collins, on the other hand, said she would vote against confirmation.

“To be clear, my vote does not reflect any conclusion that I have reached about Judge Barrett’s qualifications to serve on the Supreme Court,” she said on Sunday. “What I have concentrated on is being fair and consistent, and I do not think it is fair nor consistent to have a Senate confirmation vote prior to the election.”

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