Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) criticized the media and the Democratic opposition for their “ongoing attacks” on President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, judge Amy Coney Barrett, for her faith.
In a press release issued Wednesday morning, Oct. 7, McConnell referred to three specific cases that focused on Barrett’s Catholic faith.
An article in The Guardian, cited by McConnell, questioned whether during her studies at the University of Notre Dame law school, then-student Barrett lived in a Catholic dormitory, according to her faith, and where she later met her future husband.
“Only our self-parodying liberal media would call it a scandal that a young person in graduate school found community in shared religious beliefs and met their future spouse. Most Americans would call that a beautiful story,” McConnell said.
He later referred to a Washington Post publication that criticized the use of the word “handmaid”—which is present in several passages of the Bible—in a text by Judge Barrett’s religious community.
“The word “handmaid” appears dozens of times in the King James Bible. … But now, because one liberal author put it in the title of an anti-religious novel in the 1980s, the press tries to imply that one of the most brilliant and powerful women in the legal world is anti-woman,” McConnell said.
Finally, McConnell pointed to an article in Politico, which sent a journalist to Indiana to look for information incriminating the Catholic group to which Barrett belongs. According to McConnell, the publication ended up reporting what a group of young people had written on its board.
“Our coastal elites are so disconnected from their own country that they treat religious Americans like strange animals in a menagerie. Sadly, the press is only following the lead of Senate Democrats,” the senator said.
He also explained how those editorial lines follow the prevailing discourse in the Democratic Party that Barrett’s faith could influence his decisions on the Supreme Court.
“United States senators are suggesting that Judge Barrett is too Christian, or the wrong kind of Christian, to be a good judge,” McConnell said.
“Every Supreme Court Justice in history has possessed personal views. Judges have a job to do and they swear to do it impartially. It is the definition of discrimination to assert that Justice Barrett’s particular faith makes her uniquely unqualified for this promotion,” he said.
He did not hesitate to call the attacks by the media and Democrats in the Senate on Barrett because of her faith an “disgrace”: “The ongoing attacks by Senate Democrats and the media on Judge Barrett’s faith are a disgrace. They demean the confirmation process, disrespect the Constitution, and insult millions of American believers.”
“These disgraceful attacks only reinforce why it is crucial to confirm judges like Judge Barrett who understand and respect our Constitution, including its protections for all Americans’ religious liberty,” he added.
McConnell said the Senate will go ahead with Barrett’s confirmation, which is expected to be successful since the Senate has a Republican majority.