As Senate Republicans prepare to rush a confirmation hearing to install Amy Coney Barrett on the Supreme Court, former Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) did not hold back as he discussed his own experience vetting her when he served on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had not even been buried before President Donald Trump selected Barrett to replace her on the bench and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) vowed to confirm her, thus violating Republicans’ own precedent set in 2016 that a Supreme Court Justice should not be confirmed during an election year.
In February of that year, Justice Antonin Scalia had died and former President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland to replace him. This occurred several months before the election while the situation unfolding now is happening with the current election mere weeks away.
Even Barrett herself declared in 2016 that a nominee should not be confirmed in an election year, as Franken pointed out in detail during an interview on MSNBC.
“I was there in  when the president nominated Merrick Garland. All of them said the same thing. The president can’t nominate someone this close to an election,” he explained. “Coney Barrett went on CBS TV after Scalia died and made the exact same case, saying that the president can’t nominate someone during an election year. She contrasted it to when Anthony Kennedy was sworn in, in February of ’88. She made the point that that had come from Powell’s resignation. She said well, that’s a conservative judge and the new judge, justice will be conservative. That’s appropriate. But when she said Scalia was an arch-conservative or committed conservative, whatever the word she used and said that Obama appointee would change the balance of the court and that was inappropriate.”
He then rightfully called out Republicans and Barrett for being hypocrites.
“You go back and see her words. She’s a total hypocrite,” Franken said. “Not only are the Republican members of the Senate hypocrites, (but they also) wouldn’t meet with Merrick Garland. They lied about what the so-called Biden Rule was. there was no Biden Rule.”
Franken then took Barrett to task for being a right-wing extremist whose ideology would threaten the constitutional and human rights of many Americans.
“Also she’s a terrible choice in so many ways,” Franken continued. “I questioned her, as you may remember, she had taken money from the [Alliance Defending Freedom], a hate group, Southern Poverty Law Center had labeled them as a hate group. They are for the sterilization of transgender people. She took money from them. She’s an extreme choice and believes … that life starts at conception and that it would be a crime to destroy an egg that was fertilized in vitro fertilization, a frozen egg.”
Here’s the video via YouTube:
Indeed, Barrett also opposes a woman’s right to choose and thinks women should be subservient to men. In fact, her views appear to resemble those shared by the dystopian world featured in “The Handmaid’s Tale.”
According to Snopes, Barrett “is affiliated with People of Praise, a charismatic Christian group. The group’s practices reportedly include calling female members’ advisers “handmaids” and giving men authority over their families, both themes that are employed in “The Handmaid’s Tale.”
Seriously, Barrett would be a disaster for women’s rights and would likely vote to reverse Roe v. Wade. She also opposes the LGBTQ community and would vote to reverse Obergfell v. Hodges, thus invalidating same-sex marriage. And those cases are just two of the many that are threatened by a potential conservative super-majority on the high court, which would also kill laws such as the Affordable Act and others that conservatives disagree with or hate.
Barrett cannot be allowed to sit on the Supreme Court and Republicans should be severely punished for their effort to seat her just weeks before an election. Americans should get to decide who gets to fill Ginsburg’s seat. The only reason the GOP would disagree with that sentiment now is because they fear a Biden victory and loss of the Senate. They know America is about to decide and they don’t like the decision.
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