Female Republican senators praised Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett on Wednesday, saying that Barrett will inspire their daughters and granddaughters by her example as a dignified jurist and successful mother.
“Folks, this is what a mom can do,” Republican Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst said at the Wednesday afternoon news conference.
“A mom can be a farmer or a rancher. A mom can be a combat veteran. A mom can be a financial planner. A mom can serve in the United States Senate. And most certainly, a mom can be a Supreme Court justice. Anybody that says different is absolutely wrong.”
President Donald Trump announced Barrett as his Supreme Court nominee on Saturday. If confirmed, Barrett will replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Sept. 18.
In Barrett “we have a role model for our girls, our daughters, and our granddaughters,” Republican West Virginia Sen. Shelley Moore Capito said.
The senators pushed back against criticisms of Barrett’s Roman Catholic faith on Wednesday.
“Her religion ought not to be a disqualifier for serving on the federal bench,” Republican Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn said, adding that “some on the left” would rather have an atheist or secularist on the bench.
Barrett has seven children, including two adopted from Haiti, and her critics have questioned whether she will be able to take care of her family and serve on the high court.
Some have criticized Barrett’s adoptions and suggested that she uses her adopted children as “props.”
This is such a beautiful family. Please pray for Judge Amy Coney Barrett and her family. pic.twitter.com/H4WZ47WmTo
— Jevon O.A. Williams (@JevonWilliamsVI) September 27, 2020
Nebraska Sen. Deb Fischer praised Barrett’s ability to balance a legal career and a large family, saying: “When we look at Judge Barrett we see an accomplished woman. We see a brilliant jurist. We see a nice person. We see someone who has been able to balance their family life with a husband, seven children, and keep everyone on track.”
“I think it is fitting that we have Judge Barrett being nominated to continue to push forward in breaking those barriers,” Arizona Sen. Martha McSally said, describing Barrett as a woman of “faith, and of grace, and of brilliance, and of compassion.”
McSally also pointed out the hypocrisy of those who ask Barrett how she will care for her family while serving as a Supreme Court justice. “Nobody asks the men that,” she said.
“She’ll be just the fifth woman if confirmed on the court and she’ll be the first with school-age children serving on the Supreme Court,” McSally added.
“That is something that should be celebrated across the country.”
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