Dems' Feinstein caught on hot mic AGAIN questioning Amy Coney Barrett's faith years after controversial 'dogma' remark
DEMOCRATIC Senator Dianne Feinstein has been caught on a hot mic questioning Amy Coney Barrett’s faith years after her controversial dogma remark.
Feinstein, a senator for California, was heard at Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination hearing on Thursday saying that the conservative judge has been “pro-life for a long time.”
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“I suspect with her, it is deeply personal and comes with her religion,” Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, was heard saying.
Barrett is Catholic and is a member of the small, largely Catholic group called People of Praise.
During her nomination hearings, Democrats have largely stayed away from asking Barrett about her faith – despite Republicans expecting attacks on the subject.
But Feinstein’s hot mic comment on Thursday follows another remark she made in 2017 as she questioned Barrett, who was then a nominee for an appeals court.
Feinstein questioned Barrett at the time about the influence of her Catholic faith on her judicial views.
“The dogma lives loudly within you,” the senator told Barrett, sparking backlash from across the political spectrum.
Feinstein said there was an “uncomfortable feeling” on the Democratic side and “that dogma and law are two different things.”
In Barrett’s case, she said, “when you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you.”
“And that’s a concern when you come to big issues,” Feinstein added.
Democrats weren’t alone in talking about faith in 2017, as Republicans also asked questions related to her Catholicism.
Now, years later, Feinstein again brought up Barrett’s religion as she’s preparing to be confirmed to the Supreme Court.
Lawmakers have questioned Barrett regarding her views on abortion, health care access, and gay marriage and are working to do so without running into conflict with the Constitution’s prohibition against a religious test for public officials.
Republicans predicted that Democrats would overreach this week and alienate key voters just weeks before the November 3 election.
Democrats are determined to avoid a trap – recognizing the political danger as their presidential nominee, Joe Biden, is a lifelong Catholic.
If elected, Biden would be the second Catholic president after John F Kennedy.
In battleground states, like Pennsylvania, Catholic voters have always been an important swing vote in presidential elections.
Advocates for President Donald Trump say a faithful Catholic cannot vote for Biden because of his support for abortion rights.
Critics of Trump, a Presbyterian, say he’s too divisive and harsh to be worthy of a vote from any faithful Catholic – a religion that accounts for more than 20 percent of the US population.
Catholics hold just over 30 percent of the seats in Congress.
If confirmed this month, Barrett would be the sixth Catholic to be on the Supreme Court of its nine seats.
Sonia Sotomayor is the only current Catholic justice appointed by a Democrat.
The others – Chief Justice John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, and Brett Kavanaugh and likely Barrett – were appointed by Republicans.
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