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U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein failed in her repeated attempts to pin Judge Amy Coney Barrett during her confirmation hearings and a hot mic moment caught the Democrat’s thoughts about the Supreme Court nominee.
Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member “let the mask slip” during a break in Thursday’s confirmation hearing, according to Fox News host Tucker Carlson who highlighted the moment in remarks about how Democrats are actually “fixated” on Barrett’s religious beliefs.
“A lot of Democrats are highly, highly hostile to organized religion and a lot of them deeply resent Amy Coney Barrett for her orthodox Catholicism. But they’ve decided not to say anything about it because it’s an election year, so they’re trying to keep it under wraps,” the Fox News host said on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Thursday.
“It’s a political calculation, obviously,” he added.
“But what do they really think? Privately, Democrats are fixated on Amy Coney Barrett’s religious beliefs, we know that in part because today Dianne Feinstein, the senior senator from California, didn’t realize her mic was on and let the mask slip,” Carlson continued, referring to the moment during a break in the hearing.
“She’s been pro-life for a long time,” Feinstein can be heard saying.
“So I suspect with her, it is deeply personal and comes with her religion,” she added after a moment.
📽️ Sen. Feinstein hot mic talking about Judge Amy Coney Barrett: “She’s been pro-life for a long time. So I suspect with her, it is deeply personal and comes with her religion.” pic.twitter.com/5dUBhHLQsn
— Tré Goins-Phillips (@tregp) October 15, 2020
Feinstein had targeted Barret’s faith back in 2017 as well when she was appointed to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.
“Why is it that so many of us on this side have this very uncomfortable feeling that dogma and law are two different things? And I think whatever a religion is, it has its own dogma. The law is totally different,” the Democrat told the then-professor of law at Notre Dame Law School.
“And I think, in your case, professor, when you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you. And that’s of concern,” Feinstein said at the time.
Carlson noted that “in terms of sheer incoherence and stupidity,” the senator’s remarks were like a “Mazie Hirono impression.”
“The big secret in Washington is that a lot of these people dripping with credentials…are actually not very bright,” he said.
(Source: Fox News/YouTube)
U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley had sternly called out his Democrat colleagues for their religious bigotry right at the start of the confirmation hearings this week.
“Judge Barrett is a devout Catholic; we all know that…she and her husband have chosen to raise their family according to their Catholic beliefs…I would say to my Democrat colleagues that this pattern and practice as we say in the law…of religious bigotry…from members of this committee must stop.” the Missouri Republican said.
“When you tell someone they’re ‘too Catholic’ to be on the bench, when you tell them they’re going to be a ‘Catholic judge,’ not an American judge, that’s bigotry,” he added.
Meanwhile, any applause from liberals for Feinstein’s grandstanding questioning of Barrett was short-lived as the California Democrat was torched Thursday for giving a maskless hug to Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at the conclusion of the hearings.
‘Betrayal’! Mask-less hug between Feinstein, Graham sends ‘progressive’ outrage mob into overdrive https://t.co/t1jWrJLOuo
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) October 16, 2020
Her unforgivable gesture had the left demanding she step down from office immediately.
Feinstein’s hot mic moment went viral online and earned her even more criticism.
“Article 6 of the Constitution: no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States,'” lawyer and radio host Jordan Sekulow tweeted.
“Senator Feinstein caught conflating how she prefers judges to act with how originalists like Judge Barrett actually act,” Heritage Foundation legal fellow Amy Swearer wrote on Twitter. “The beauty of originalism is that Judge Barrett’s personal beliefs are irrelevant. She doesn’t start with a preferred outcome and force it on the text.”
Not shocking but still disappointing.
— Orwellwasright (@GodSaveNJ) October 15, 2020
Imagine if she said something like that about a member of the Muslim faith!
— frederick c. norton (@miintel_c) October 16, 2020
You’d think, by now, these people would realize that the mic is always on, the camera’s are always on, there is always someone listening & watching. I’d say it’s because, they are stupid but, really they just don’t care, they’re used to getting away w/ everything they say & do
— Galactic.Trailer.Park (@park_galactic) October 16, 2020
There’s that dogma again!
— QuecheeGirl (@QuecheeGirl) October 15, 2020
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