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Sen. Mazie Hirono chastised Judge Amy Coney Barrett during a Supreme Court confirmation hearing Tuesday, claiming the potential justice’s use of the term “sexual preference” in relation to the LGBTQ community is “offensive.”
“Not once but twice you use the term ‘sexual preference’ to describe those in the LGBTQ community,” the Hawaii Democrat said.
“And let me make clear, ‘sexual preference’ is an offensive and outdated term. It is used by anti-LGBTQ activists to suggest that sexual orientation is a choice. It is not. Sexual orientation is a key part of a person’s identity,” she claimed.
Interestingly, a late Tuesday Twitter post by Steve Krakauer, executive producer of The Megyn Kelly Show podcast, contained side-by-side screen grabs of the definition of the word “preference” in the Webster’s Dictionary.
The difference: “As recently as last month,” Krakauer wrote, the online dictionary “included a definition of ‘preference’ as ‘orientation’ or ‘sexual preference.’ TODAY they changed it and added the word ‘offensive.’
“Insane – I just checked through Wayback Machine and it’s real,” he added.
As recently as last month, Webster’s Dictionary included a definition of “preference” as “orientation” or “sexual preference.” TODAY they changed it and added the word “offensive."
Insane – I just checked through Wayback Machine and it’s real.
— Steve Krakauer (@SteveKrak) October 14, 2020
During his Tuesday evening show, Fox News’ Tucker Carlson highlighted Hirono’s admonishment of Barrett’s over use of the ‘sexual preference’ term.
“So follow the ‘reasoning,’ if you will,” Carlson said. “According to Mazie Hirono, you can choose your gender at will, because there’s an infinite number of genders to choose from.
“But you have absolutely no say in who you find attractive, and suggesting otherwise it’s just offensive. Sexual preferences are fixed in stone, bigot, and by the way, put on your mask. This message has been brought to you by the party of science,” he added, mockingly.
“By the way, why does Mazie Hirono represent Hawaii? In a fair world, why wouldn’t Tulsi Gabbard be the monarch of that state? Mull that,” he said.
Carlson went on to rip Hirono for asking Barrett if she had ever committed sexual harassment of assault.
“Since you became a legal adult, have you ever made unwanted requests for sexual favors or committed any verbal or physical harassment or assault of a sexual nature?” Hirono asked.
“No, Senator Hirono,” Barrett responded, emotionless.
“Have you ever faced discipline or entered into a settlement related to this kind of conduct,” Hirono then asked.
“No, senator,” Barrett said.
For the record, every potential federal judge nominee undergoes a rigorous FBI background check process that would have included examining Barrett’s prior career, much of which was spent as a law professor at her alma mater, the University of Notre Dame. Official — and unofficial — complaints about the nominee’s past would have been flagged, had they existed.
“So, we now know, on the record, that Amy Coney Barrett is not a rapist,” Carlson chided Hirono in what appears to have been a reference to false allegations made against Justice Brett Kavanaugh during often raucous confirmation hearings in the fall of 2018.
“All of this is to say, of course, that Mazie Hirono was the star of the show but of course, she always is,” Carlson taunted.
He also mocked Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) for his “mansplaining” remarks to Barrett about the differences between the muskets in use when the framers wrote the Second Amendment and firearms of today.
“What are the chances that Dick Durbin knows what end of the rifle the bullet comes out of? Carlson said with the hint of a smile. “Right around zero, probably.
“And by the way, wasn’t it just last week that the media reminded us that [Vice President] Mike Pence was ‘mansplaining’ to [Sen.] Kamala Harris?” said Tucker, noting that Durbin’s comments to Barrett could be construed as condescending since the nominee is a gun owner.
“Why don’t we just retire that phrase forever?”
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