Amy Barrett hearing: Internet labels ACB 'president of Karens', asks how can she be Supreme Court judge

'She cannot answer a question regarding Roe v Wade, the ACA, Guns, LGBTQ, or give an opinion'


                            Amy Barrett hearing: Internet labels ACB 'president of Karens', asks how can she be Supreme Court judge
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The Senate hearings to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg started on Monday, October 12. Day One was dubbed hypocritic from the beginning as Jill Filipovic for The Guardian wrote, “The hearing itself was practically a caricature of how conservative men approach accomplished women. There’s no question that Barrett is well-regarded among her Notre Dame colleagues and that the conservative lawyers and judges she has clerked for and worked with say she is a sharp legal mind. Yet every Republican given a chance to speak mentioned Barrett’s status as a mother, and typically emphasized that she has seven children, many of them still school-aged.”

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The American lawyer added: “There’s nothing wrong with recognizing that Barrett is a mom, or welcoming her children into the room. It’s not unusual for the judiciary committee to mention a nominee’s parental status. What is unusual, though, is to have every member of one party bring it up, often more than once, and even emphasize it as a qualification for the bench.”

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Day two of the hearing was on Tuesday, October 13. There were several moments during the hearing on both the days, where people found Barrett act like a ‘Karen’ — a term used for middle-aged White women who become confrontational when things do not turn up the way they want. Taking to Twitter, many people gave examples where they got ‘Karen’ vibes from Donald Trump’s pick. One user tweeted: “I do not know what possessed me to watch the #ConfirmationHearing of #AmyConeyBarrett, but this woman is just another KAREN. She cannot answer a question regarding Roe v Wade, the ACA, Guns, LGBTQ, or give an opinion. How in the hell was she chosen to be in this position?”

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Another said: “Honestly, Amy Coney Barrett just sounds like an annoying Karen, not a SCOTUS nominee. Her attitude and demeanour is dishonest and dismissive. #AmyConeyBarrett #ACBHearings #BlockBarrett.” The third user wrote, “So, according to Amy Coney Barrett, a supervisor calling an employee the 'n-word' does NOT create a 'hostile or abusive work environment.' That reasoning is itself racist.”

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Some even feared the future of America is in danger as one stated, “If confirmed, Amy Coney Barrett would be the first Karen appointed to the United States Supreme Court. Lord, help us all.” A second user also resorted to the same thought and said: “how can Amy Coney Barrett be a Supreme Court justice when she’s already President of the Karens.”


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Despite a lot of protest from the Democratic party, Trump did not hold her nomination for the Supreme Court. On September 26, the president said in the Rose Garden, “Today it is my honor to nominate one of our nation's most brilliant and gifted legal minds to the Supreme Court. If confirmed, Justice Barrett will make history as the first mother of school-age children ever to serve on the US Supreme Court.”

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Earlier, Trump had cast doubt on Ginsburg's last wish to be replaced as Supreme Court judge by the new president after the November 2020 election. On September 21, during an interview on 'Fox & Friends’, the president said: “I don't know that she said that, or was that written out by Adam Schiff, Schumer and Pelosi. I would be more inclined to the second, it sounds so beautiful. But that sounds like a Schumer deal or maybe a Pelosi or shifty Schiff. So that came out of the wind. Let's see. I mean, maybe she did and maybe she didn't.”

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