Democrats are scrambling to try and stop the confirmation of President Donald Trump’s latest Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett.
Barrett is known as a devout Catholic, and some on the left are targeting her religious beliefs. Yet in a surprise move that may come as a shock to the president, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) recently signaled that Barrett’s faith is off-limits.
“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 Washington Examiner quoted Pelosi as saying during an interview with CNN host Jake Tapper.
Pelosi: Focus on “healthcare, healthcare, healthcare”
“It doesn’t matter what her faith is or what religion she believes in,” insisted the San Francisco congresswoman, who is also Catholic.
“What matters is, does she believe in the Constitution of the United States? Does she believe in the precedent on the Supreme Court that has upheld the Affordable Care Act?” Pelosi asked.
“This is, again, directly related to a major concern of the American people, as it was in 2018,” the House speaker stressed. “Healthcare, healthcare, healthcare. The three most important issues in this election.”
Pelosi’s comments seem to represent a change in tactics from the ones that California Sen. Dianne Feinstein took when she opposed Barrett’s confirmation to the federal bench three years ago.
Barrett’s faith questioned again
“Why is it that so many of us on this side have this very uncomfortable feeling that dogma and law are two different things, and I think whatever a religion is, it has its own dogma,” Fox News quoted Feinstein as saying during Barrett’s 2017 confirmation hearing.
“The law is totally different,” Feinstein continued. “And I think in your case, professor, when you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you. And that’s of concern.”
The senior Democrat also complained that the nominee was “controversial” because she supposedly had “a long history of believing that your religious beliefs should prevail.”
However, Feinstein didn’t just go after Barrett’s faith, but also worried about how she would rule when it came to matters of abortion.
“You’re controversial because many of us that have lived our lives as women really recognize the value of finally being able to control our reproductive systems,” she said. “And Roe entered into that, obviously.”