(CNSNews.com) – Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) told Fox News on Tuesday that Democrats are outraged by Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation, because “they don’t want the court to be limited to judging institutions – they want them to be institutions of social change” and “social policy.”
“I will tell you the reason why this is making the heads of Democrats explode everywhere is that they don't want the courts to be limited to judging institutions. They want them to be institutions of social change, of social policy,” Lee told “Fox and Friends.”
“They want them to take debatable matters beyond debate, and so that's why this isn't satisfying to them. They want something much bigger, much grander than what the constitution actually allows. Justice Barrett sees the eloquent simplicity of the fact that you want judges to interpret the law based on what it says,” he said.
The senator said that Barrett’s speech at her swearing-in got his heart pounding faster and brought a bigger smile to his face, “including especially when she referred to the fact that we're a Republican and accurately described our form of government.”
Lee was on hand at the White House Monday night during Barrett’s public swearing-in.
“It was fantastic moment. Look, for President Trump, this was the SCOTUS trifecta that he managed to pull off. In first term alone having put three justices on the U.S. Supreme Court, that doesn't happen very often. I'm glad it did, and I think he might well have saved the best for last. Justice Barrett is going to be terrific,” he said.
Fox News host Brian Kilmeade pointed out Sen. Edward Markey’s (D-Mass.) comments criticizing Barrett’s judicial philosophy, saying originalism is just a fancy word for discrimination.
Lee demanded that Markey retract his statement, calling it “irresponsible.”
“Look, this is patently irresponsible. Of all irresponsible and inflammatory statements I’ve heard over the last few weeks - and I have heard some doozies - this might be the worst,” Lee said.
“If you think about what he is really saying there, Senator Markey has essentially said that our Constitution is racist and an effort to understand it, understand its words at the time that they were written is itself racist and bigoted,” he said.
“I can't think of a statement that has a greater tendency to undermine the foundation of our constitutional republic. I hope, expect, and demand Senator Markey retract his statement. It’s irresponsible. He can't defend that,” Lee added.