Republicans are out for vengeance after the last two Supreme Court nominees, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett, faced questioning over matters that their supporters thought should be off the table. For Kavanaugh, that subject was allegations of sexual assault. For Barrett, it was whether her religious beliefs, and how they address women’s rights, would influence her rulings.
For these perceived injustices — questioning SCOTUS nominees about how their backgrounds would weigh on the highest court in the United States, for a lifetime appointment — they’re taking every opportunity in the hearings for Ketanji Brown Jackson to slide in their own jabs and attacks. For instance, on day one, Ted Cruz told Jackson that no one would be asking her about her high school dating life — a gross downplaying of the actual allegations against Kavanaugh.
Now, on day two, it’s Lindsey Graham, using Jackson’s hearing to complain about Barrett being questioned about the influence of her religious beliefs. He starts by asking Jackson about her faith, which she gently explains is not an appropriate question to be asked or answered in this setting.
He quickly turns to pressuring her to vindicate Barrett by affirming that she would be upset if she was questioned about her religion — as he’s actively doing.
“On a scale of 1 to 10, how faithful would you say you are, in terms of religion?” he begins, and proceeds to ask how often she attends religious services.
After her rebuff, he demands, “How would you feel if somebody up here on our side said you attend church too much for me, or your faith is a little bit different to me, and they would suggest that it would affect your decision? Would you find that offensive?”
Lest Jackson be actually allowed to answer the question, he quickly speaks over her: “I would, if I were you.”
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Steph Bazzle reports on social issues and religion for Hill Reporter. She focuses on stories that speak to everyone's right to practice what they believe in and receive the support of their communities and government officials. You can reach her at Steph@HillReporter.com