Hirono tells Wolf she won’t be giving Coney Barrett the courtesy of meeting with her

Asked by Wolf Blitzer if she will be giving Amy Coney Barrett the courtesy of a meeting, Democrat Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii said no.

Blitzer asked “Will you or won’t you be willing at least to meet with her, give her the courtesy of meeting with her before the hearings, get to know her a little bit. Clearly you say you’ll participate in the hearings and you’ll ask some tough questions but are you willing to meet with her? … Which is a courtesy and Dick Durbin the number 2 Democrat in the Senate earlier today on CNN, He said he would give her that courtesy.”

“I will not be meeting with her,” Hirono replied “I will take the opportunity to question her when she is under oath.”

In a series of tweets, Hirono explained her stance on Coney Barrett:

“I will not support the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court for the following reasons:

She will vote to strike down the Affordable Care Act after being rushed on the Supreme Court in time to hear the case on November 10.

Millions of Americans will lose their health care – catastrophic in the middle of a pandemic.

She has a long history of being anti-choice and an explicit willingness to reverse SC precedent – endangering the protections of Roe v Wade. A woman’s right to control her own body is at stake.

The president expects her to support any challenge he mounts to the election results.

Senate Republicans have gone back on their word about confirming a Supreme Court justice in an election year and disrespected the final, fervent wish of Justice Ginsburg to not be replaced until a new president is installed.

Barrett has an ideological agenda she won’t acknowledge and an expressed willingness to overturn Supreme Court precedent.

Her agenda poses a direct threat to health care, a woman’s right to control her body, the rights of LGBTQ Americans, and other individual and civil rights.

I oppose her nomination and will fight to deny her a lifetime position on the United States Supreme Court, and in doing so, will tell the American people the danger she poses to hard-won rights.”