Almost immediately after President Donald Trump signaled his intent to nominate a replacement for the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Democratic Party leaders began expressing their disapproval, vowing to use any tools at their disposal in an effort to forestall the nominee’s confirmation.
While House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) remains opposed to filling Ginsburg’s seat during the remainder of Trump’s first term, she made it clear that Amy Coney Barrett, the conservative Catholic nominated by Trump on Saturday, should not be attacked for her personal religious views, as reported by the Washington Examiner.
“Whatever her faith”
Pelosi, who is also a Catholic, offered her remarks on the topic during an appearance on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday.
“I think it’s appropriate for people to ask her about how faithful she would be to the Constitution of the United States, whatever her faith,” the speaker said.
Going on to declare that it “doesn’t matter what her faith is or what religion she believes in,” Pelosi said the primary objective during the confirmation process should be to determine Barrett’s commitment to upholding federal law — specifically Obamacare.
“Does she believe in the precedent on the Supreme Court that has upheld the Affordable Care Act?” she asked. “This is, again, directly related to a major concern of the American people, as it was in 2018.”
Driving home her point, Pelosi declared that the “three most important issues in this election” are “healthcare, healthcare, healthcare.”
“Dogma lives loudly”
Despite Pelosi’s stated focus, plenty of Barrett’s opponents in the Democratic Party and mainstream media have made an issue of her religious views — in particular, her reported involvement in an organization called People of Praise.
The Associated Press noted that photos of her family have appeared in a publication distributed by the group.
ABC News correspondent Tom Llamas suggested that People of Praise may have been a partial inspiration for Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale. The author, however, has denied the claim, as reported by Fox News.
Three years ago, Sen. Dianne Feinstein broached the topic during confirmation hearings after Barrett was nominated to the federal bench. The California Democrat declared that “the dogma lives loudly” within Barrett, which she believed to be “of concern.”
With data showing that Catholics make up a significant share of the electorate across important swing states like Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, Pelosi and others in her party are sure to be making political calculations ahead of a contentious confirmation process.