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To call Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., a pompous ass for his actions Tuesday during the confirmation hearing of Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett might be a kind assessment.
Given the standard set by the left, the “mansplaining” and persistent interruptions on his part could even be characterized as misogyny.
Standards that were certainly in play last week during the vice presidential debate, as Vice President Mike Pence was roundly criticized for talking over Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif. — never mind that the tactics Pence employed are standard in any debate and that, relatively speaking, the Republican seemed to be going easy on his opponent.
From the onset, Booker was all about politics, criticizing the process of confirming a Supreme Court justice so close to an election and while there are Covid-19 infections and “widespread food insecurity.”
The senator claimed most Americans believe she should withdraw her nomination until after the election, and launched into a tirade against President Trump and how he’s “a danger to our democracy,” essentially questioning Barrett’s independence by suggesting she was beholden to the president.
Sen. Cory Booker tells Amy Coney Barrett that most Americans – and even her Notre Dame colleagues – believe she should withdraw her nomination until after the election. pic.twitter.com/oplkdfqZwY
— PoliticusUSA (@politicususa) October 13, 2020
Booker’s first question was to ask Barrett if she condemns white supremacy, and used the affirmative response from the judge to further attack Trump.
He asked if she believes “every president should make a commitment, unequivocally and resolutely, to the peaceful transfer of power,” and whether a president should be able to pardon himself.
“Well, one of the beauties of America from the beginning of the republic is that we have had peaceful transfers of power, and that disappointed voters have accepted the new leaders that come into office and that is not true in every country,” Barrett said. “I think it is part of the genius of our Constitution and the good faith and goodwill of the American people that we haven’t had the situations that have arisen in so many other countries where there have been, where those issues have been present.”
On the issue of self-pardons, Barrett deferred saying that would be “a legal question, that would be a constitutional question.”
The ease in which Barrett sidestepped Booker’s political machinations showed why she was nominated in the first place.
On the other hand, Mediatite’s headline stated: “Amy Coney Barrett declines to say whether Trump should commit to a peaceful transfer of power, has the right to self-pardon.”
Democrats have been using a pending Supreme Court case on the Affordable Care Act as a means to instill fear in the public and spur opposition to Barrett and Booker soon took up that angle, citing Republican opposition to ask if it’s “unreasonable for people to fear” that Obamacare may be overturned with her on the bench.
“Well Senator, I want to stress to you, Senator Booker, as I have stressed to some of your colleagues today that I am my own person,” Barrett replied. “Independent under Article Three. And I don’t take orders from the executive branch or the legislative branch-”
Not getting the response he wanted, Booker interrupted to suggest that Barrett did not understand the question.
“Can I restate my question because I don’t think you’re understanding it… I’m just asking you as an act of empathy, can you understand the fears exhibited by the people we put up?” he said.
In all, according to The Hill media reporter Joe Concha, Booker “interrupted Barrett 9 times in less than 20 minutes.”
Booker has now interrupted Barrett 9 times in less than 20 minutes.
— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) October 13, 2020
At times, Booker appeared to be so focused on getting through his list of political points that he didn’t even seem to be listening to the answers Barrett was giving.
Given the left’s meltdown last week over the vice presidential debate, conservatives gave them a taste of their own medicine.
Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
My response to Cory Booker’s overheated theatrical bombast? Yawn, zzzzz, snore. Horrible acting performance!
— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) October 12, 2020
Amy Coney Barrett's "patient mother of young children" vibe coming through very strong for this questioning by Cory Booker.
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) October 13, 2020
How impressed are you with Amy Coney Barrett? Watching her swat down those questions and traps from Sen Booker was like watching a Bruce Lee movie with out the sound effects or smirks.
— Charles V Payne (@cvpayne) October 13, 2020
Cory Booker can't stop "manterrupting" Amy Coney Barrett with his "mansplaining." Where's the left on these egregious acts of misogyny?
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) October 13, 2020
Why did Corey Booker ask her a question, then interrupt her answer? #Mansplaining
— BiasedGirl (@BiasedGirl) October 13, 2020
Why does Cory Booker keep interrupting Amy Coney Barrett?
Male privilege, clearly!
— Ashley StClair 🇺🇸 (@stclairashley) October 13, 2020
he’s interrupting her because she hasn’t said what he wants her to say
— Rani ~~ ~ Last of the Red Hot Boomers 🧨 (@MilitaryRosary) October 13, 2020
— Wiper of All Faces (@thekingofnola) October 13, 2020
Seems like she’s lawsplaining to him though! 👍
— Donna Zyats Jarvinen (@jarvimom) October 13, 2020
It’s now clear that even an unmanly man can mansplain.
— Ms Sticky (@mujikins27) October 13, 2020
I’m sure the mansplaining crowd is super upset
— Will Case 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 (@casew9610) October 13, 2020
And Justice Barrett acts like a Champ: No unprofessional, no pompous lecturing, no “I’m speaking” snark like some have done…. just sayin. pic.twitter.com/hV3NrJhVBF
— robbimcdee (@robbimacmmg) October 13, 2020
He cannot understand ACB. She too intelligent for him and he isn’t listening.
— Ellen (@lmnopual) October 13, 2020
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