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Was Amy Coney Barrett Trolling Liberals with Her Wardrobe Choice?

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The topic of Amy Coney Barrett’s wardrobe choice came up during the first day of her Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Monday, with the suggestion she should be wearing a suit jacket, as previous female nominees did, rather than a dress.

Barrett showed up to day two of the hearing in what appeared to be a red dress suit, perhaps trolling those liberals trying to link her to the Hulu television series “The Handmaid’s Tale” about a dystopian male-dominated society

Attorney Leslie McAdoo Gordon scolded Barrett on Monday for not wearing a suit, which prompted many responses, including from Fox News contributor Katie Pavlich.

“Women lawyers & judges wear suits, including dresses with jackets, for work. It is not a great look that ACB consistently does not. No male judge would be dressed in less than correct courtroom attire. It’s inappropriately casual,” McAdoo Gordon wrote.

“Actually it’s a wonderful look. And, she’ll be wearing a black robe for the rest of her career, nice to mix it up beforehand,” Pavlich replied.

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Former senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway defended Barrett’s choice.

“Sexist attacks on the sharp, beautiful & elegantly dressed #AmyConeyBarrett forget the women of Congress’ ‘right to bare arms,’” she tweeted.

In 2017, congresswomen protested the fact that the dress code in the Speaker’s Lobby requires sleeves, according to CNN.

McAdoo Gordon shot back: “It’s for sure there won’t be bare arms in the Supreme Court courtroom. Nor male advocates w/o ties.”

“I support Judge Coney Barrett’s nomination & confirmation. The issue isn’t sexism or beauty. It’s what degree of formality is appropriate in the setting of the Court & the Senate,” she added.

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McAdoo Gordon’s observation is certainly based in precedent: All the women appointed to the Supreme Court before Barrett wore suit jackets at their confirmation hearings, including Sandra Day O’Connor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.

On day two, the nominee again wore a dress, though this time it appeared to be a dress suit.

Her choice of a red dress on Tuesday seems curious, given the mocking “Handmaid’s Tale” comparisons Barrett has endured, based on her Catholic faith.

The satire site The Babylon Bee had some fun with the controversy.

It seems possible that that Barrett herself is making light of it too.

If so, what a perfect response to liberals, who, lacking any sound reason to oppose this very qualified jurist’s elevation to the Supreme Court, tried to make a caricature of her — and failed.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 1,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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Graduated dean's list from West Point
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United States Military Academy at West Point, Regent University School of Law
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We Hold These Truths
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Virginia and Pennsylvania state bars
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