As Senate Republicans charge ahead with plans to confirm Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, Democrats are scrambling for ways to block the process.
Case in point, a top Biden campaign aide has reportedly suggested that Barrett’s strong Catholic faith should disqualify her from being placed on the high court.
According to a report from the National Review, Biden campaign Deputy Data Director for Pennsylvania Nikitha Rai made the argument on Monday during a Twitter exchange with Brookings Institute Senior Fellow Shadi Hami.
The Review reported:
Hamid had responded to a tweet that said Barrett was a trustee at a Catholic school that opposed same-sex marriage as homosexual acts are “at odds with Scripture.” Hamid replied, “Wait, why is this news? Isn’t this the standard position for any orthodox Catholic?”
“Unfortunately yes,” Rai said.
When Hamid pointed out that Orthodox Muslims and Jews generally hold the same view, Rai said, “True. I’d heavily prefer views like that not be elevated to SCOTUS, but unfortunately our current culture is relatively intolerant. It will be awhile before those types of beliefs are so taboo that they’re disqualifiers.”
This isn’t the first time that a prominent Democrat has questioned Barrett’s ability to remain impartial as a judge. During Barrett’s 7th Circuit Court of Appeals confirmation hearings in 2017, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said she was “concerned” about Barrett’s conservative Catholic values.
“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,” Feinstein said at the time. “The law is totally different. … The conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you. And that’s of concern.”
Democrats are obviously shy about opening up a full-on assault on Barrett’s outspoken faith, as the party relies heavily on Democratic Catholic voters to continue supporting their cause. However, Barrett’s squeaky-clean record leaves leftists with no other plan of attack.