Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearings went from dull to surreal on Tuesday thanks to an absurd question that could only come from Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono (HI).
In a disgraceful moment, the Democrat asked the Catholic mother of seven if she had ever sexually assaulted anyone, Fox News reported.
Yes, this really happened
Like the previous day of hearings, Tuesday’s session played out like a predictable partisan circus, with Democrats vilifying Barrett as an activist who would threaten health care coverage and roll back civil rights.
The bar was set pretty low already — and then it was Hirono’s turn.
Channeling some of the brilliance that shined during confirmation hearings for now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Hirono asked Barrett: “Since you became a legal adult, have you ever made unwanted requests for sexual favors, or committed any physical or verbal harassment or assault of a sexual nature?”
“No, Senator Hirono,” Barrett, with her children seated behind her, responded, according to Fox.
“Have you ever faced discipline or entered into a settlement related to this kind of conduct?” Hirono followed up, again receiving no for an answer.
The partisan circus continues
Hirono continued by lambasting Barrett for using the term “sexual preference” while discussing LGBTQ rights, claiming that it is an “offensive” term. Later, in a troubling sign for civilization, the Merriam-Webster dictionary changed its definition of “sexual preference” in response to Hirono’s harangue, Fox reported separately.
“Sexual preference is an offensive and outdated term,” Hirono explained, according to Fox. “It is used by anti-LGBTQ activists to suggest that sexual orientation is a choice — it is not.”
Barrett spent most of her Tuesday responding to hostile questioning, with Democrats demanding to know how she would decide on a range of issues. The judge left many impressed with her patience throughout the marathon; at one point, she even held up a blank notepad in a moment that attracted attention on social media.
Amy Coney Barrett is asked if she can show the notes she’s referring to while answering senators’ questions. She holds up a blank notebook.
Sen. John Cornyn: “Is there anything on it?”
— CBS News (@CBSNews) October 13, 2020
After sitting through two days of this insipid, demeaning spectacle, Barrett returned for another round of questioning on Wednesday, where she responded to many of the same talking points.