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Dem sexism against female Trump nominees

Michael Ahrens - November 9, 2017

Democrats engaged in sexism while on their mission to obstruct President Trump’s judicial nominees. That is, at least by their own standards.

President Trump nominated three superb jurists to the bench: Amy Coney Barrett to the Seventh Circuit, Joan Louise Larsen to the Sixth Circuit, and Allison H. Eid to the Tenth Circuit. The American Bar Association deemed all three “well qualified” – the group’s highest rating.

Most Democrats, including all of those who serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee, voted against these highly-qualified female nominees. (Committee Votes: #1, #2, #3; Floor Votes: #1, #2, #3)

But back in 2013, Democrats accused Republicans of sexism and “a blatant double standard” when they opposed three of President Obama’s female judicial nominees…

Sen. Patrick Leahy: “Just say we don’t want women on this court.”

Sen. Amy Klobuchar: “The so-called gentleman's agreement has not treated these women very well.”

Sen. Mazie Hirono: “Do we have to get more women elected to the United States Senate because we can’t get women on the court?”

Sen. Dick Durbin: “There reaches a point where we can’t allow this type of injustice to occur.”

Sen. Elizabeth Warren: “Republicans now hold the dubious distinction of having filibustered all three women that President Obama nominated to the DC Circuit.”

Sen. Maria Cantwell:  “It's time to move forward with qualified nominees to increase diversity on the courts.”

Sen. Patrick Leahy: “A blatant double standard.”

Sen. Amy Klobuchar: “It’s time for the Senate to stop the needless blocking of these women.”

Sen. Patrick Leahy: In each of these women, the Senate has had the opportunity to vote to confirm women practicing at the pinnacle of the legal profession… I look forward to that moment and to further increasing the diversity of our federal bench.”

Senate Democrats who cried sexism then should be asked to explain why their votes against three of President Trump’s highly-qualified judicial nominees isn’t inherently sexist now.


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