Amy Coney Barrett praised as 'unashamedly pro-life’ by Lindsey Graham who referred to ‘good old days of segregation’
AMY Coney Barrett was praised on Wednesday during her Supreme Court nomination hearing for being "unashamedly pro-life."
Senator Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, told the judge he's "never been more proud of a nominee."
The senator, who is the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, began his line of questioning for Barrett by praising her.
"This is history being made, folks," the conservative lawmaker said during the hearing.
"This is the first time in American history that we've nominated a woman who is unashamedly pro-life and embraces her faith without apology.
"And she's going to the court," Graham said. "A seat at the table is waiting on you.”
The senator said he had some issues with Senator Kamala Harris' comments on Tuesday in which she compared Barrett to Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Harris said Ginsburg, who died in September from cancer, “was far more forthcoming at her hearing about the essential rights of women.”
But Graham told Barrett she was “candid to the body about who you are and what you believe.”
He continued on to say that Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court moved past “a reinforced concrete barrier around conservative women."
Graham said that if confirmed, Barrett joining the court would show conservative women their potential to be successful.
On Tuesday, Barrett said she "can’t pre-commit" to how she would rule on abortion if she's confirmed to the top court.
"I can’t pre-commit or say yes I’m going in with some agenda, because I’m not," she said in response to questioning from Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein.
"I don’t have any agenda. I have no agenda to try to overrule Casey," she said, referring to Planned Parenthood v Casey, a landmark Supreme Court case from 1992.
The case prohibited regulations that created an “undue burden” on women seeking an abortion.
The late Ginsburg was pro-choice and spent her time on the Supreme Court arguing that access to abortion was a constitutional right.
During Graham's line of questioning on Wednesday, he made an ill-received joke about the “good old days of segregation."
The senator was asking the judge about her views on Brown v Board of Education, a ruling from the Supreme Court that outlawed segregation in public schools.
“You’re not aware of any effort to go back to the good old days of segregation by a legislative body," Graham said.
Jaime Harrison, the Democrat who's running to try to take Graham's Senate seat, quickly slammed to Graham's remarks.
"The good old days for who, Senator? it’s 2020, not 1920. Act like it," Harrison, who is black, tweeted.
Barrett is on Capitol Hill for a third day of nomination hearings.
While Democrats have strongly opposed Trump's nominee, they're virtually powerless to stop her as Republicans rush to confirm Barrett before Election Day.
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