The left has desperately been looking for a way to attack Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s character ever since President Donald Trump first announced her as his nominee for the Supreme Court — and it seems they have finally found their angle.
A group of high-profile survivors of sexual assault released a statement on Friday alleging that Judge Barrett has a record of “siding with powerful abusers” and should not be confirmed by the Senate, Fox News reported.
“Judge Barrett’s record”
The smear on Barrett comes from actresses Ashley Judd, Michelle Hurd, Padma Lakshmi, and Mira Sorvino.
“Our society now demands we hold people who abuse their power accountable for sexual harassment and assault, no matter how important those people are,” they said in a joint statement, according to Fox.
“We know painfully well that the systems for survivors to pursue justice are broken. They cannot be repaired and must be rebuilt,” the group conceded. “But Judge Barrett’s record shows she’d reshape the law to make it even harder for survivors to be heard and for justice to be achieved.”
The actresses also alleged that “multiple times, Judge Barrett ruled against survivors of rape, instead siding with powerful abusers and the powerful institutions that enable them,” as Fox reported.
“It is plausible”
Of course, the actresses’ statement doesn’t tell the whole story. According to Fox News, Judge Barrett was on a three-judge panel that ruled that Purdue University may have wrongfully convicted a student of sexual assault. The student lost a spot in the Navy ROTC because of the accusation.
“It is plausible that [university officials] chose to believe Jane because she is a woman and to disbelieve John because he is a man,” Barrett argued in the case, according to Fox.
The decision was later used as precedent in other cases — and, by the way, it was made by a panel of all women, according to National Review.
A look ahead
At the end of the day, one thing is clear: Judge Amy Coney Barrett is a champion of equal rights for men and women, but she isn’t bowing to the whims of progressives. That line of thinking is desperately needed on the nation’s highest court.
At this point, Barrett’s confirmation is likely inevitable, and even Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) has said she’ll be voting yes on ACB.
Indeed, Republicans in the Senate need just 51 votes to confirm Barrett, and with 52 GOP senators on board, all signs indicate that we’ll soon be seeing Barrett on the Supreme Court bench. It looks like President Trump can count this one as another victory.