Judge Amy Coney Barrett was unable to name all five freedoms guaranteed by the US Constitution’s First Amendment during her Supreme Court hearing on Wednesday, forgetting the right to protest when a senator asked her on Wednesday afternoon to name the five freedoms.
When asked by Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) to name the five freedoms, Barrett was able to name freedoms of speech, press, religion and association before looking confused and saying, “What do I need?”
Sasse then told Barrett she forgot to “redress or protest.”
The question, like essentially all those asked by Republican senators, seemed posed in a way that Barrett could answer without much effort.
Wednesday marks the third day of Barrett’s confirmation hearing after President Donald Trump nominated her to succeed Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Hearings over the past three days have largely followed suit same subject– Democrats urge Barrett how she would rule on challenges abortion rights and the Affordable Care ActQuestions Barrett has largely declined to answer, with Republicans asking softer questions to bolster Barrett’s legal credentials.
The US racial reckoning following the death of George Floyd in May sparked protests in cities across the United States. Recently, some Republicans, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, have called for new legislation act against protests that are considered “messy”. Critics have called these proposals unconstitutional, meaning there could be court challenges if anti-protest legislation is passed.
The five freedoms of the First Amendment are typically among the first lessons taught in civics classes in the United States. The US Department of Homeland Security recommends that those applying for US citizenship study the Five Freedoms in order to pass one citizenship test for naturalization.