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.
I could support recognizing a constitutional right to marry bacon. pic.twitter.com/HKPW6tE4H6
— Judge Don Willett (@JusticeWillett) April 30, 2015
“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.”
“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:
GUYS. Leahy says: "You've equated the constitutional right to same sex marriage, which the Supreme Court has upheld, with the the constitutional right to marry bacon. I don't think one would see that as praising the Supreme Court decisions"
ABOUT THIS TWEET. NOT KIDDING https://t.co/f5nZoiXscX
— Shoshana Weissmann, Sloth Committee Chair 🦥 (@senatorshoshana) November 15, 2017
Solid job today by Pat Leahy in trying to make a dad joke about bacon disqualifying for a seat on the federal bench https://t.co/fRfIM6bJpZ
— Allahpundit (@allahpundit) November 15, 2017
Leahy's wife apparently wanted to marry a rotting sack of potato peels https://t.co/5vnA1Nc7X9
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) November 15, 2017
— Rhonda Koenig (@Rhondako) November 15, 2017
@JusticeWillett I’m sorry, your honor, but I believe there are laws against eating one’s spouse.
— Gandalf Withagun (@GandalfWithagun) April 30, 2015
@JusticeWillett Is that bacon singular or bacon polygamy?
— Lynn Krebs PhD (@Lynnkrebs) April 30, 2015
You realize that that would be necrophiliac bestiality.
And awesome. https://t.co/hhAcIHgbTt
— Joe Pump (@JavaJoeX) November 16, 2017
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