By Tom Blumer
The left’s paranoia has been quite visible since Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement last week.
Now their bigotry is showing, particularly in the case of potential Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. Monday on MSNBC, Zerlina Maxwell went after Barrett, whom she called “Barnett,” for being “very Catholic,” and for having spoken to a “hate group.” That group is the Alliance Defending Freedom, which has been designated as a “hate group” by the “charlatans” (Tucker Carlson’s late-June characterization) at the Southern Poverty Law Center, whose name Maxwell didn’t mention.
Maxwell also trotted out the other tired objections to President Donald Trump’s upcoming nomination:
Trump shouldn’t be allowed to replace a “swing vote” with a conservative.
The vote shouldn’t take place until after the midterms because of what she called “the McConnell Rule” — which is really the “Biden Rule,” and has only applied to presidential election years in any event.
No judicial selection shouldn’t take place as long as the Robert Mueller investigation is active.
In a crucial Supreme Court decision last week, the Alliance’s position prevailed 5-4 when the court overturned a California law forcing crisis pregnancy centers to inform women about and abortions. Thus, ADF, the nonprofit legal organization which focuses primarily on protecting First Amendment rights, has, as Nicole Russell at TheFederalist noted late last week, chalked up nine Supreme Court wins in the past seven years.
What SPLC clearly hates is what ADF has accomplished, and its sour-grapes “hate group” designation has no substance.
Unfortunately, the SPLC still has undeserved credibility and clout. As ADF’s Kristen Taylor noted on Carlson’s June 23 Fox News Channel show (also reported by Ashley Rae Goldenberg at Newsbusters in early May), online retail giant Amazon allows SPLC “to make the determination of who can participate” in its Smile program, which allows buyers to steer a portion of their purchases to designated charitable groups.
Here’s what Maxwell, who appeared on Hardball with guest host Steve Kornacki, had to say about “Barnett,” er, Barrett (tip of the hat to Washington Free Beacon):
Here’s part of the transcript [emphasis mine]:
ZERLINA MAXWELL: His (Trump’s) list is all people who we have an understanding are in opposition to Roe. Amy Barnett went to Notre Dame. She is very Catholic. She had a famous moment with former Senator Al Franken during her hearings about how she spoke essentially to a hate group without really understanding the full context there.
So Maxwell believes that attending Notre Dame and being “very Catholic,” which one supposes means taking her religious beliefs seriously and practicing them in her daily life — unlike, say, Andrew Cuomo, who still against all reasonable evidence claims to be Catholic — are now reasons to reject a Supreme Court nominee.
In a Monday National Review item posted several hours before Maxwell’s MSNBC smear, David French succinctly stated the left’s generic position on Barrett:
It’s remarkable how people like Maxwell so casually throw around accusations that others are filled with hatred and bigotry when so they ardently and frequently display their own.
Editor’s note. This is excerpted from a post that appeared at Newsbusters and is posted with permission.