Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, tried to immortalize her vote Monday evening towards the affirmation of Decide Amy Coney Barrett for the U.S. Supreme Courtroom when she walked to a desk on the ground of the Senate, pointed her thumbs down and mentioned, “hell no” whereas casting her vote.
The vote didn’t have an effect on the night’s end result however was seen as an encapsulation of the deep frustrations felt by Democrats that President Trump could be filling a court docket seat only a week from the November election.
Hirono was criticized over her remedy of Barrett throughout the affirmation hearings. She requested the choose if she ever “made undesirable requests for sexual favors, or dedicated any bodily or verbal harassment or assault of a sexual nature?”
Barrett responded, “No,” and Hirono informed her that she asks the query to all nominees who come earlier than committees on which she sits.
Hirono additionally scolded the Trump appointee for saying “sexual choice” throughout the listening to.
“Let me clarify, ‘sexual choice’ is an offensive and outdated time period,” Hirono mentioned. “It’s utilized by the anti-LGBTQ activists to counsel that sexual orientation is a selection. It’s not. Sexual orientation is a key a part of an individual’s identification… So if it’s your view that sexual orientation is merely a ‘choice,’ as you famous, then the LGBTQ neighborhood ought to be rightly involved whether or not you’ll uphold their constitutional proper to marry.”
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Her choice on Monday to vote in such a dramatic trend after which appear to exit the chamber was criticized by Republicans on social media who noticed the transfer as theatrics that play for the Democrat base. Her workplace didn’t instantly reply to an e mail from Fox Information in search of remark.
All Republicans, aside from Sen. Susan Collins, voted in favor of the affirmation; each Democrat opposed it.
The Barrett nomination course of introduced new rigidity to Washington that appeared to culminate when Demand Justice, a left-wing group, referred to as on Sen. Dianne Feinstein to step down from the judiciary committee. The California Democrat additionally drew fireplace when she embraced Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., on the finish of the fourth and closing day of testimony in Barrett’s affirmation listening to.
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The Supreme Courtroom mentioned in a press launch Monday that Barrett will have the ability to begin her new function after Chief Justice John Roberts administers her judicial oath on Tuesday. Justice Clarence Thomas administered the constitutional oath at Monday’s ceremony.
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Barrett informed the viewers on the South Garden of the White Home Monday evening, “It’s the job of a senator to pursue her coverage preferences. Actually, it might be a dereliction of responsibility for her to put coverage objectives apart. In contrast, it’s the job of a choose to withstand her coverage preferences. It will be a dereliction of responsibility for her to offer into them. Federal judges do not stand for election. Thus, they haven’t any foundation for claiming that their preferences mirror these of the folks.”
Fox Information’ Sam Dorman, Joseph Wulfshon and Ronn Blitzer contributed to this report