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Amy Barrett hearing: Cory Booker called 'condescending loser' for 'manterrupting' and white supremacy question

On the second day of the hearing, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker also asked Barrett on Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power and she refused to be drawn in to this debate
Amy Coney Barrett and Cory Booker (Getty Images)
Amy Coney Barrett and Cory Booker (Getty Images)

The Senate hearings to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg started on Monday, October 12. On the second day, Tuesday, October 13, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker asked questions related to President Donald Trump to Barrett. He asked a question related to POTUS’ take on condemning white supremacy and his refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. Barrett did say “yes” when asked if she condemns white supremacy but wasn’t ready to answer on the topic of a peaceful transfer of power, as reported by CBS News.  

"That seems to me to be pulling me into the question of whether the president has said he would not leave office. To the extent that this is a political controversy right now, as a judge, I want to stay out of it,” she said. But when she was prodded further, Barrett agreed that peaceful transfer of power between presidents is a crucial part of the functioning of the country. “One of the beauties of America from the beginning of the republic is that we have had peaceful transfers of power. I think it is part of the genius of our Constitution and the good faith and goodwill of our people,” Barrett said.

However, she refused to answer whether the president could pardon himself. But she did say: "I don't take orders from the executive branch and the legislative branch." Booker even questioned Barrett about whether she could empathize with people who are concerned about her nomination and that she would overturn the ACA. “I can certainly empathize with people who are struggling. I can empathize with people who lack health care," she said. She added that, with regard to the ACA, “I will hear all the arguments on both sides.”

This questioning session was discussed on Twitter as well. One user said, “Cory Booker actually asked Amy Coney Barrett if she denounces white supremacy. Amy Coney Barrett is the mother of two black children.” Another concurred, “Cory Booker asking Amy Coney Barrett - a woman with more black children than he has - if she rejects white supremacy, is absurd.” Another viewer had enough of Booker interrupting Barrett as she spoke as they tweeted, “Cory Booker can't stop "manterrupting" Amy Coney Barrett with his "mansplaining." Where's the left on these egregious acts of misogyny?” One commented, “You really don’t see the problem here. You’re stuck on the most basic level of that hearing. Of course the women is not racist. The problem is the catch 22 questions targeted at making her say something they could spin to make look racist. Cory booker was relentlessly trying.” One alleged, “Those who complained that Mike Pence was "mansplaining" and "talking down" to Kamala Harris during their debate apparently have no issue with Dick Durbin, Sheldon Whitehouse, and Cory Booker straight up disrespecting #AmyConeyBarrett.” Another added:  "@CoryBooker  stop #Mansplaining #AmyConeyBarrett it makes you look like a condescending loser!"







There were other views as well. One said, “Cory Booker giving a textbook perfect example of an extremely successful cross-examination that is also downright friendly.” Another said, “Cory Booker never disappoints. A proven and reliable grandstander.” One reasoned, “The point is you can have black children and still have implicit biases, and considering the president who nominated her and his track record with racist remarks, I believe Cory Booker was justified in asking that question regarding white supremacy.”




Trump also lashed out at Booker on Twitter. He said, “How dare failed Presidential Candidate (1% and falling!) @CoryBooker make false charges and statements about me in addressing Judge Barrett. llegally, never even lived in Newark when he was Mayor. Guy is a total loser! I want better Healthcare for far less money, always.....” Trump added, “....protecting people with Pre-existing conditions. He has done nothing on Healthcare, cost or otherwise, or virtually anything else. An empty suit!!!”


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