Progressives demand Feinstein be ousted after Barrett hearing

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has long championed abortion rights, a stance that earned her a 100% rating from the National Abortion Rights Action League in 2019.

However, the pro-abortion organization turned on Feinstein this week, complaining she didn’t do enough to oppose the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

“Tens of millions of Americans have already voted and majorities have said unequivocally that they want to choose the next President who should fill this seat,” NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue said in a statement Friday, The Daily Caller reported.

Too polite for progressives

Hogue argued that Feinstein did not fight in the way the Democratic Party’s progressive base demands: “Americans — whose lives hang in the balance — deserve leadership that underscores how unprecedented, shameful and wrong this process is,” she said.

Feinstein had already come under fire from others on the left for having made positive comments about Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsay Graham (R-SC).

“Mr. Chairman, I just want to thank you. This has been one of the best set of hearings that I’ve participated in and I want to thank you for your fairness and the opportunity of going back and forth,” Feinstein said, according to The Hill.

“It leaves one with a lot of hopes, a lot of questions, and even some ideas — perhaps some good bipartisan legislation we can put together to make this great country even better,” Feinstein added.

After thanking Graham for how he had conducted things, the California senator was later seen walking over to the chairman and giving him a hug.

Leftists want Feinstein stripped of her position

Among those who voiced their disapproval over Feinstein’s lack of combativeness was Norman Ornstein, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute who also serves as a contributing editor at The Atlantic.

Ornstein tweeted, “Diane Feinstein praising Barrett, and then inexplicably praising Graham, is a clear sign that she should not remain as the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee.”

Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe also called for the veteran Democratic senator’s removal. On Thursday, Tribe retweeted Ornstein, and added, “I’m afraid I agree, much as I like Sen. Feinstein personally and admired her work years ago.”

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