Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President TrumpDonald John TrumpTwo ethics groups call on House to begin impeachment inquiry against Barr Trump relishes return to large rallies following COVID-19 diagnosis McGrath: McConnell ‘can’t get it done’ on COVID-19 relief MORE’s Supreme Court nominee, told lawmakers on Tuesday that she “wept” with her family following the death of George Floyd earlier this year.
Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinDemocrats warn of ObamaCare threat from Barrett, Trump Democrats steer clear of Barrett’s religion during Supreme Court hearing Gloves come off in Barrett confirmation hearing MORE (D-Ill.) asked Barrett what “impact” viral footage of a former Minneapolis police officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck had on her, as Democrats grilled the high court pick during a marathon hearing. Floyd’s death sparked fresh scrutiny of police tactics and renewed nationwide Black Lives Matter protests.
“As you might imagine, given that I have two Black children, that was very, very personal for my family,” Barrett responded.
Floyd died after former police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes while he was detained in May. Protests that broke out after his death have called for widespread reforms on policing and inequality in the U.S.
Barrett told senators that her husband was camping with her sons when protests broke out across the country, saying she spoke with her daughters about the events in the wake of Floyd’s death.
“I was there, and my 17-year-old daughter Vivian, who’s adopted from Haiti, all of this was erupting. It was very difficult for her. We wept together in my room. It was also difficult for my daughter Juliet, who’s 10. I had to try to explain some of this to them,” Barrett said.
“My children to this point in their lives have had the benefit of