Apparently no criticism is off limits to leftists who want to stop Amy Coney Barrett from being confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, not even her young children.
According to The Federalist, the Washington Post ran several pieces this month that attacked Barrett’s seven school-age children, including one that suggested they may have spread COVID-19 at their school.
“Two students and teacher at school attended by SCOTUS nom Amy Coney Barrett’s kids test positive for coronavirus, two weeks after ‘superspreader’ White House event for ACB. Parents are freaked out though no proven link,” author Beth Reinhard wrote Friday on Twitter with a link to her article.
However, Barrett’s children tested negative for the virus, and there was no connection between them and the children who tested positive at their school, The Federalist reports.
The White House quickly slammed the newspaper for its inappropriate report, something Reinhard acknowledged on Twitter.
“White House spokesman Judd Deere took issue with this article, saying, ‘The Barrett children should be off limits. Period,’” she wrote.
But the Post apparently did not pay attention. On Monday, newspaper fashion writer Robin Givhan criticized the family again after Barrett brought her children to her confirmation hearing before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.
“Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett has seven kids. And don’t you dare forget it,” her headline stated.
Givhan expressed disgust with the senators who repeatedly highlighted Barrett’s accomplishments as a mother as well as a judge on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and law professor at the University of Notre Dame.
“This feat of parenting seemed to leave them gobsmacked with admiration and utterly mystified as to how a two-parent household with significant financial resources was capable of wrangling such a large brood without the missus showing up with oatmeal on her clothes,” Givhan wrote at the Post.
Even though Republican and Democrat senators both praised Barrett and her children, Givhan suggested the Republicans’ compliments were really about oppressing women.
“The many references to Barrett’s children were a not-so-subtle pronouncement that her prolific motherhood was especially good and admirable and a sign that she was not shirking her womanly duty while she was unleashing her ambition. Barrett had it all — on terms that were acceptable to social conservatives,” she wrote.
Barrett and her family have borne cruel attacks ever since President Donald Trump chose her to fill the seat of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court. Because two of her children were adopted from Haiti, some leftists accused her of being a racist and others suggested that they may have been illegally adopted.
The Washington Post also ran an article that was critical of the People of Praise, a conservative Christian group that Barrett and her husband belong to. The group meets to encourage and support each other through life, but because it uses the term “handmaid,” some have wrongly associated it with the dystopian novel “The Handmaid’s Tale.”
Feminists have attacked her for being a mother, too. According to Newsbusters, “Feminist author Lauren Hough uttered the most disgusting, sexist insult towards Barrett imaginable. She tweeted, ‘It’s a very weird thing to watch these old creeps congratulate a handmaid on her clown car vagina.’ Wow. That is vile.”
Pro-life leaders hope Barrett will help to restore basic human rights for unborn babies and allow states to begin protecting them again.
She signed a letter in 2006 that described abortion as “barbaric” and called for an end to Roe v. Wade. She also was a member of the Notre Dame University Faculty for Life Group from 2010 to 2016, and she received an award from the Thomas More Society, a pro-life Catholic legal group, in 2018.
Additionally, she has made several statements about the value of babies in the womb. According to Law and Crime, Barrett signed a public letter in 2015 that emphasized “the value of human life from conception to natural death.” She also said she believes that life begins at conception.
The Senate Judiciary Committee began its hearing to confirm her Monday. It continued Tuesday.
A recent Morning Consult/Politico poll found Americans support Barrett’s confirmation by a double-digit margin.