Late-night comedian Bill Maher took an exceptionally vulgar jab at judge Amy Coney Barrett on Friday night.
In a hateful monologue, the outspoken atheist derided President Donald Trump’s “really Catholic” Supreme Court nominee as a “f*cking nut.”
Maher, who has become known over the years for often obnoxious and sophomoric criticism of religion, brought his well-known snark to bear on the news, saying it proved that he was right all along.
“Apparently, the pick is going to be Amy Coney — we’re going to be saying the name a lot, because she’s a f—in’ nut, religion, I was right about that one too! — Amy Coney Barrett,” Maher said.
Maher smears Barrett’s Catholicism
“Catholic. Really Catholic. I mean, really, really Catholic — like speaking in tongues,” Maher went on. “She doesn’t believe in condoms, which she has in common with Trump, because he doesn’t either. We learned that from Stormy Daniels.”
Maher’s comments followed a welter of conjecture from liberals insinuating that the Catholic mom of seven, who Trump nominated to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Saturday, is some sort of religious cult member. Many have pointed to her affiliation with the group People of Praise to suggest that she would try to usher in a theocracy akin to the setting of Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale.”
Barrett was famously grilled over her religion by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) during her confirmation to the 7th Appeals Court in 2017, and other Catholic judges have faced a similarly hostile reception from Senate Democrats during Trump’s presidency.
Pelosi tries to redirect attacks
Republicans issued stern warnings to Democrats to steer clear of attacking the Catholic faith in the upcoming SCOTUS fight — and so far, it does indeed appear that they are being more careful than the pundits and entertainers.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) seemed to direct her party Sunday to ignore Barrett’s religion and target her views on Obamacare.
“It doesn’t matter what her faith is or what religion she believes in. What matters is, does she believe in the Constitution of the United States?” Pelosi told CNN. “Does she believe in the precedent on the Supreme Court that has upheld the Affordable Care Act?”
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump appeared to respond to Maher in a Sunday press conference, where he lamented that “nasty” comedians and others were disparaging the faith of his nominee, and indeed, millions of Americans.
“I don’t think they’re comedians, because comedians are supposed to be funny,” he said. “They’re nasty. They’re mean. They think they’re funny.”