Trump calls media and Democrats’ attacks on Judge Barrett’s religion ‘disgraceful’
President Donald Trump defended his Supreme Court justice pick, Amy Coney Barrett, Sunday against attacks from the media and some Democrats on her for being a Catholic. The president said he thought the Catholic issue ended with the election of President John F. Kennedy.
“We have noticed some comments in the media about my incredibly qualified nominee, Amy. The New York Times said her religion is not consistent with American values,” Trump said. “She’s Catholic. That covers a lot of people. That’s a very disgraceful thing to say.”
During the 1960 presidential election, Kennedy faced pushback from Protestants for being Catholic. There was some concern that a Catholic president would have to take direction from the pope.
“But seriously, they’re going after her Catholicism. I will stand with her, fight with her, and we will make sure that these attacks stop because … it’s unprecedented. They’re basically fighting a major religion in our country. It’s just incredible,” Trump said.
Judge Barrett has already faced criticism in the press due to her religion. Newsweek ran a piece comparing her to the dystopian novel, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” where women are treated as the property of the state. Another left-wing blog called Barrett “the Ruth Bader Ginsburg replacement that hates your uterus.”
The top Democrat of the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein previously attacked Barrett’s religion when the judge was confirmed to the federal appeals court in 2017.
“When you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you,” Feinstein said in 2017. “And that’s of concern. When you come to big issues that large numbers of people have fought for, for years in this country.”
Trump said that this treatment of Barrett is likely to backfire on Democrats in the November elections.
“Now Democrats are really brazenly attacking Judge Barrett for her Catholic faith,” he said. “And whether it’s Dianne Feinstein or anyone else, I think they ought to treat religion with much more respect.”
Utah Sen. Mike Lee (R) also took issue with those taking aim at Judge Barrett for her religious beliefs.
“Religious bigotry has a curious way of burrowing itself into our political culture,” Lee said.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has more than enough votes to confirm Barrett, and Senate Republicans are expected to push her confirmation through quickly.
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