Dem senator uses joke about bacon to disqualify Trump-appointed nominee

An ill-fated joke about marrying bacon took center stage Wednesday during hearings for one of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-VT, insisted repeatedly that Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett’s declaration in “support” of marrying bacon was a cheap shot at the Supreme Court’s historic Obergefell v. Hodges case, which guaranteed the right to marry to same-sex couples.

Willett, who was nominated to serve on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, tweeted the joke on April 29, 2015.

“I could support recognizing a constitutional right to marry bacon,” the judge tweeted.

“Why have you so attacked Supreme Court decisions?” the humorless Democrat Leahy asked, in reference to the Obergefell decision.

“I don’t believe I had attacked Supreme Court precedent,” Willett replied, according to The Washington Free Beacon. “But certainly, if I were fortunate enough to be confirmed as a federal circuit judge, I would be honor-bound, categorically, absolutely, to follow every controlling precedent.”

He then clarified that the tweet was little more than an attempt at “levity.”

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“Senator, as for the bacon tweet, that was the day after the Obergefell decision was issued and it was my attempt to inject a bit of levity,” Willett said. “The country was filled with rancor and polarization. It was a divisive time in the nation.”

While we understand the need for partisan politics, we can only wonder what would possess Leahy to align himself against bacon — the honeymoon prospects alone are enough to ensure allegiance.

Here’s a sampling of reactions from Twitter to Leahy trying to disqualify the nominee over a joke:

https://twitter.com/JoePerticone/status/930830808163766279

https://twitter.com/FreddiePoster/status/930838132408320000

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