During the vote to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Monday evening, Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono (HI) cast her vote as a “hell, no” before appearing to storm out.
“I’d like to say, hell no,” Hirono says (see video clip below).
As reported by The Daily Wire, Barrett was confirmed by a majority of U.S. Senators with a glaring lack of bipartisanship coming from Senate Democrats.
“Barrett was confirmed on a 52-48 vote with only Republicans voting to confirm her. One Republican, Susan Collins (ME), voted against Barrett which comes as she is in the middle of a tough re-election campaign and her ‘no’ vote would ultimately not alter the outcome,” The Daily Wire noted.
During the hearings for Barrett that preceded the vote on Monday, Hirono raised eyebrows by asking the mother of seven if she ever engaged in the sexual assault or harassment of anyone, though the judge has never been accused of such misconduct.
“Since you became a legal adult, have you ever made unwanted requests for sexual favors, or committed any physical or verbal harassment or assault of a sexual nature?” Hirono asked Barrett.
“No, Senator Hirono,” Barrett answered.
“Have you ever faced discipline or entered into a settlement related to this kind of conduct?” questioned the Democrat.
Again, Barrett said no.
According to Fox News, Hirono said that she “asks those two questions of all nominees who come before committees on which she sits.”
Barrett has been under attack over her Catholic faith by the Left since her confirmation hearing to be a federal appeals judge in 2017.
For example, both Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Dirk Durbin (D-IL) were hit with charges of anti-Catholic bigotry for pressing Barrett about her personal religious views, most notably when Feinstein told the judge, “the dogma lives loudly within you.”
Following Barrett’s federal appeals judge hearings, Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) raised concerns over attacks from Democrats on the judge’s faith: “I think some of the questioning that you have been subjected to today seems to miss some of these fundamental constitutional protections we all have,” the senator said at the time, according to Law&Crime.
The Washington Post, too, highlighted Barrett’s faith in an apparent attempt to paint her as an extremist unfit for the Supreme Court.
“Amy Coney Barrett, the judge at the top of Trump’s list to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg, has said we should always remember that a ‘legal career is but a means to an end … and that end is building the Kingdom of God,’” one Washington Post reporter tweeted.
“Trump’s likely RBG replacement, Amy Coney Barrett, is a Catholic extremist with 7 children who does not believe employers should be required to provide health care coverage for birth control,” a progressive activist said of the judge. “She wants the rest of American women to be stuck with her extreme lifestyle.”
Stay classy, Mazie Hirono … pic.twitter.com/ViobYBWNBb
— Scott Morefield (@SKMorefield) October 27, 2020