By: D. Kennedy
Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono sparked online controversy when asking Judge Amy Coney Barrett during her hearing if she had ever sexually assaulted someone in front of her kids. This issue came up quite a bit during Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing but had yet to surface for Barrett.
Kavanaugh’s 2018 confirmation process was marked by multiple allegations of misconduct, one specifically from Dr. Christina Blasey Ford who claimed he had attempted to sexually assault her at a party while he was a teenager. He denied all of the allegations and was confirmed with a vote of 50 to 48.
Sen. Hirono claims this is to ensure the fitness of nominees for a lifetime appointment to the federal bench. Others found it inappropriate and insulting.
Hirono said she asks those two questions of “all nominees” who come before committees on which she sits. This was never asked to Ruth Bader Ginsburg and didn’t become a question for senators and representatives until after the Brett Kavanaugh hearing.
Sen. Hirono first asked Judge Barrett if she had ever made unwanted requests for sexual favors or committed any physical or verbal harassment or assault of a sexual nature since becoming a legal adult. The second question was if she had ever faced discipline or entered into a settlement related to this kind of conduct. Judge Barrett replied “No, Senator” to both questions.
People expressed their disappointment and embarrassment over Sen. Hirono’s questions in front of Barrett’s kids. The Host of ‘Grow Up Live,’ Robby Starbuck, had quite a bit to say about the entire performance. “Here’s resident Senate lunatic, Mazie Hirono asking Amy Coney Barrett “Have you ever made unwanted requests for sexual favors… or committed assault of a sexual nature?”Amy’s kids just watched their Mom get asked if she’s a rapist. Pure evil,” Starbuck tweeted.
Amy Coney Barrett proved to be a woman of true grit during the questioning, even when Sen. Hirono publicly criticized Barrett’s use of the phrase “sexual preference” which she deemed offensive to the LGBTQ community. This was also addressed during a recent Fox News ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’ segment where the host doesn’t seem to believe the Democratic Hawaii Senator is very bright.
“So the world is falling apart. China is taking over the world. The American economy is in shambles. And there’s a presidential election in three weeks. But luckily, America’s dumbest senator, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, is upset about the right things — the term ‘sexual preference.’ It’s a slur. As it turns out, she didn’t know that herself until some left-wing Twitter personality made that discovery yesterday morning,” Carlson said.
Sen. Hirono’s questions were deemed unprofessional and shameful, but it’s not a tone of surprise. She had already publicly admitted, before the beginning of the confirmation hearing, that she would not support the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett and would fight to deny her a lifetime position.
It’s pretty alarming to see a person who has a seat on the United States Supreme Court already make up their mind before hearing or questioning the nominee. However, Barrett knew more about the law than the ones drilling her and used her grace and intellect as tools to handle questions flying from the far-left politicians.