Ted Cruz calls out disingenuous Dems, points to empty chairs after Amy Coney Barrett grillings

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During the third day of Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearings Wednesday, Sen. Ted Cruz lambasted Senate Democrats for being so stunningly unconcerned with genuinely gauging the judge’s record.

Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats were so unconcerned, in fact, that the majority of them didn’t even attend Wednesday’s hearing.

“[W]e’ve seen that our Democratic colleagues have very few questions actually to raise about Judge Barrett’s qualifications. Very little of the time we’ve spent in here has concerned her record as a judge, or 20 years as a respected scholar. Instead, much of this hearing has focused on political attacks directed at President Trump,” Cruz noted.

“I recognize our Democratic colleagues are not going to be voting for President Trump in November. That’s certainly their prerogative, but they’ve largely abandoned even trying to make the case that Judge Barrett is anything other than exceptionally well qualified to serve as a justice.”

As evidence, he literally pointed to the room around him.

It is striking that as we sit here right now in this committee room, there are only two Democratic senators in the room. If you look at the dais, there’s chair after chair after chair that is empty,” he said.

The Democratic senators are no longer even attending. I assume they’ll show up for their time but it is indicative of what they’re tacitly admitting, which is that they don’t have substantive criticisms.

Indeed, some of the questions the Democrat senators have asked have been outright ludicrous:

And the few times that Democrats have asked substantive questions, they’ve ignored Barrett’s thoughtful answers and gone on to re-ask the questions over and over again.

Responding to Cruz’s observation, Sen. Dick Durbin, a Democrat, then argued that he was being unfair because some of the Democrats were “following this on television.”

“We’re in the midst of a COVID-19 crisis, a pandemic, and some members are in their offices following this on television, and to suggest their absence here means they’re not following or participating is incorrect,” he said.

But Sen. Cruz promptly replied by pointing out that “all but two of the Democrats were physically here yesterday, and after the questioning then made the decision not to be here.”

Listen to his full statement below:

Perhaps it was better for Barrett that so many Democrats chose to abstain from attending the hearing Wednesday, given as so far they’d spent their time pestering and nagging her over the most trifling matters.

During Tuesday’s hearing, for instance, Sen. Mazie Hirono chastised the judge for having used the term “sexual preference” versus “sexual orientation.”

“Not once but twice you use the term ‘sexual preference’ to describe those in the LGBTQ community,” the notoriously unhinged Democrat belly-ached.

“And let me make clear, ‘sexual preference’ is an offensive and outdated term. It is used by anti-LGBTQ activists to suggest that sexual orientation is a choice. It is not. Sexual orientation is a key part of a person’s identity.”

During Tuesday’s broadcast of Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” host Tucker Carlson replayed the senator’s remarks and commented on them.


What’s notable is that no such condemnations were issued by Hirono or any other Democrat when Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden had used the same term months ago.

“During a roundtable discussion in May, the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate promised to ‘rebuild the backbone of this country, the middle class, but this time bring everybody along regardless of color, sexual preference, their backgrounds,'” Reason magazine’s Robby Soave notes.

“Was Biden implying that he thinks being gay is a choice, or was he just using a term that is obviously, in many contexts, a synonym for sexual orientation, just as Barrett was?”

In a world where Democrats practiced consistent standards instead of double standards and hypocrisy, Biden would face the same consequences. But that world doesn’t exist.

During Tuesday’s hearing, another senator, Amy Klobuchar, repeatedly harangued Barrett about whether Roe v. Wade is a super precedent. It took the judge multiple times to convey to the senator that no, it’s not.


And again, as Cruz would later note Wednesday, this question had nothing to do with Barrett’s qualifications as a judge but rather with politics.

And this despite the judge having already explained that she intends to base her rulings on the U.S. Constitution, not on political matters.

“The policy decisions and value judgments of government must be made by the political branches elected by and accountable to the People … the public should not expect courts to do so, and courts should not try,” she’d said.

But clearly, Democrats disagree …


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