Trump’s campaign on Sunday questioned why Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is “keeping quiet” about what he calls anti-Catholic bigotry aimed at Supreme Court-appointed judge Amy Coney Barrett.
During a Sunday “Catholics for Trump” phone call, Deputy Campaign Director Justin Clark said he was “really, really, really worried” about Barrett’s confirmation battle on Capitol Hill, which is set to begin on October 12.
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Clark described Barrett’s appointment of President Trump to the high court as a “landmark nomination” for the country and the court, but added that it is a “pivotal time for the left to re-impose bigoted and unconstitutional religious tests on our candidates for high office “. “
“Religious fanaticism as Catholics is not new in this country,” Clark said, adding that “the new radical left has embraced many of the hateful and destructive tendencies of anti-Catholicism of the past.”
“A renewed anti-Catholic movement in this country has been growing for some time,” Clark said, adding that it “exploded onto the scene again.”
Clark went on to cite the scrutiny Barrett faced over her faith by the Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2017 when she was appointed to the Circuit’s 7th Court of Appeals.
During the hearing, Barrett, a Catholic mother of seven children, had to state numerous times that her faith would not influence her jurisprudence.
Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., The senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, at the time told Barrett that she was concerned about her Catholic beliefs and particularly how she would apply them in abortion cases.
“Because so many of us on this side have this very unpleasant feeling that dogma and law are two different things, and I think whatever religion is, it has its own dogma. The law is completely different, “Feinstein told Barrett, a professor of law at Notre Dame.” And I think in your case, professor, when you read your speeches, the conclusion is that dogma lives strong inside you. . And this is cause for concern. “
Clark on Sunday criticized the Democrats at the 2017 hearing, saying, “If this isn’t imposing or applying some sort of religious test on people, I don’t know what it is.”
But Clark has moved on, pointing to the former vice president and wondering where he is in the midst of Barrett’s attacks on faith.
“Where is Joe Biden in all of this? Quiet. He’s completely silent, “Clark said.” Just as he was silent when his administration persecuted the Little Sisters of the Poor, or when his presidential candidate Kamala Harris disqualified someone on the basis of their membership in the Knights of Columbus. “
Clark added, “I’m very worried about where we are going on this road, where the Democrats are going on this road, and we have to stop it because this is crawling back into our culture and our society and it’s not good.”
Clark urged those present to “be aware” and “engage” with Catholics who support the president.
“This is something that will impact all Americans,” Clark said. “It is hateful and disgusting rhetoric that is about to infiltrate our culture and our political life.”
Clark described the impending battle surrounding Barrett’s confirmation as “long” and “tough”.
“We have to resist this, and we have to stand with President and Judge Barrett and win in his confirmation, and win on November 3,” he said.
Clark’s comments come when Democrats questioned whether Barrett’s religion would influence his decisions on cases if confirmed in the Supreme Court.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Cautioned her Democratic colleagues in the Senate not to lift Barrett’s Catholicism during the confirmation hearing.
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Pelosi, who is Catholic, argued that a person’s religious beliefs shouldn’t matter to senators who question the potential justice of the Supreme Court, but should instead focus on Barrett’s views on the Constitution.
“I think it’s fitting for people to ask her how loyal she would be to the United States Constitution, whatever her faith,” Pelosi said Sunday in a CNN interview on “State of the Union”. “It doesn’t matter what your faith is or what religion you believe in. What matters is that you believe in the United States Constitution?”
Pelosi added, “Do you believe in the precedent on the Supreme Court that upheld the Affordable Care Act? This is, again, directly related to a major concern of the American people, as it was in 2018. Health care, health care, health care. The three most important issues in this election. “
When Barrett’s name first appeared in 2018 as a possible choice of the Supreme Court by President Trump, even some conservatives feared that his poor criminal record made it too difficult to predict how he might govern. Nearly three years later, his criminal record now includes the authorship of around 100 opinions and several significant dissents in which Barrett has shown his clear and consistent conservative bias.
He has long expressed sympathy for a way of interpreting the Constitution, called originalism, in which judges try to decipher the original meanings of texts to assess whether someone’s rights have been violated. Many liberals oppose this strict approach, saying it is too rigid and does not allow the Constitution to change with the times.
Barrett’s passion for the original lyrics was shown in a 2019 dissent in a gun rights case in which he argued that a person convicted of a non-violent crime should not be automatically excluded from owning a gun. Only a few pages of his 37-page dissent were devoted to the history of gun rules for convicted criminals in the 18th and 19th centuries.
In the 2017 White House questionnaire, Barrett was asked if he believed abortion was always immoral. He did not answer the question directly, but said: “If I am confirmed (at the 7th Circuit), my views on this or any other matter will have no bearing on the performance of my duties as a judge.”
In a 2013 article in the Texas Law Review, Barrett listed fewer than 10 cases he said were widely considered “super-precedent,” the ones that no justice would dare to nullify even if they believed they were wrongly decided. Among them was Brown vs. Board of Education, which declared racial segregation in schools unconstitutional.
One he didn’t include in the list: Roe v. Wade, the 1973 historical case that affirmed a woman’s right to abortion. Scholars do not include it, he wrote, because the public controversy swirling around it has never abated.
Abortion and women’s rights were at the center of a 2017 confirmation process after Barrett’s appointment to the 7th circuit.
Others pointed to Barrett’s membership in the Faculty for Life group of the University of Notre Dame – and that he had signed a 2015 letter to Catholic bishops affirming the “value of human life from conception to natural death.”
The Senate eventually confirmed it with a 55-43 vote, with three Democrats joining the majority.
Andrew O’Reilly and Fox News’ The Associated Press contributed to this report.