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Today marks the beginning of the confirmation hearing for President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett.
Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) said he is worried that putting Barrett on the Supreme Court will set back women’s rights. Oh, the irony!
Sen. Leahy says he's worried if Judge Barrett is confirmed, we'll go back to a time where women can be discriminated against in the workplace.
Is he unaware of who he is interviewing to fill the vacant seat?
A highly-successful working mom of school-age children.#ConfirmAmy
— MarjorieDannenfelser (@marjoriesba) October 12, 2020
A woman with a supremely successful career and family life, will set back women’s rights.
“They’re scared that the clock will be turned back to a time when women had no right to control their own bodies and when it was acceptable to discriminate against women in the workplace,” Leahy said.
The Democrat went on to claim that there is concern that Barrett would rule in ways that would undo several other forms of equal protection under the law.
“And they’re scared that your confirmation will result in the rolling back of voting rights, workers’ rights, and the rights of the LGBTQ community to equal treatment,” Leahy said. “These aren’t just thoughts. These are real-life, implications of decisions made by the court.”
If people are in fact scared, the sole reason is because of the Democrats constant fearmongering on the issues of women’s and LGBTQ rights. Roe v. Wade is highly unlikely to be overturned with the current set of justices. But even if it were, the issue would be remanded to each state to make their own laws.
Senator McConnell mocked the absurdity of the arguments of the Democrats. He pointed out they are using the same old playbook of scare tactics.
“The political left took one more look at Judge Barrett’s qualifications, gave up on debating the merits, and entered right, right at the same old scare tactics. Our colleague, the Democratic leader, informed Americans that this 48-year-old working mother was going to turn back the clock on women’s rights.”
McConnell went on to react to Democrats’ claims that Judge Barrett wants to take away people’s healthcare by saying, “What a joke.”
Democrats’ attacks on Judge Barrett are totally disingenuous.
A mother of 7 whose own children faced "pre-existing medical challenges, is just itching to block families like hers from accessing medical care"?@senatemajldr is right: “What a joke”pic.twitter.com/NeN28CTZKB
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) October 12, 2020
Senator Leahy is also crying that the hearings should not be held due to COVID-19. It’s just not safe. Yeah, that’s why they shouldn’t fill the vacancy! The Dems are just throwing sh*t at the wall to see if anything sticks.
Leahy: "We should not be holding this hearing when it's plainly unsafe to do so. Two members of this committee [are] just now emerging from quarantine after testing positive for Covid, and when other members have declined to get tested." pic.twitter.com/RwyWHKvOsB
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 12, 2020
Buckle up, people. We are in for a roller coaster of a week with these hearings. The hysteria is just beginning.