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The Senate Judiciary Committee began the first of four days of confirmation hearings on Monday for President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett.
With Republican control of the Senate, Barrett is widely expected to be nominated to fill the seat left vacant with the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg last month.
As expected, Democrats on the Judiciary Committee used their allotted 10 minutes of time on opening day to grandstand and preach politics and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who was rocking a RBG pin, was no different, exploiting the occasion to campaign against President Donald Trump’s reelection while talking about the COVID-19 pandemic and white supremacy, among other things.
Unfortunately for the failed 2020 presidential candidate, she would be followed by Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., who offered Democrats an overdue civics lesson.
After Klobuchar’s 10 min deranged rant on ORANGE MAN BAD, Ben Sasse takes the mic:
“I want to say, Senator Klobuchar said a number of things I agree with about COVID…. But I do not know what any of that has to do with why we are here today.” pic.twitter.com/pafwCF7oGh
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) October 12, 2020
“I want to say, Senator Klobuchar said a number of things about COVID that I agree with…. I didn’t agree with parts of her criticism of the mismanagement of COVID by Washington, D.C.,” Sasses said in his opening.
Ever so subtly, the GOP senator then lowered the boom, “But I do not know what any of that has to do with what we’re here to do today.”
He panned some of the remarks from Democrats on the committee, saying it would be really confusing to eighth graders and that much of the talk was more appropriate for the Senate Finance Committee.
“I think it would be very useful for us to pause and remind ourselves and due some of our civic duty to eighth graders to help them realize what a president runs for, what a senator runs for and on the other hand, why Judge Barrett is sitting before us today and what the job is [she] is being evaluated for,” Sasse said.
Needless to say, the lawmaker triggered the left.
Ben Sasse is trash. https://t.co/SjLHEbSRhW
— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) October 12, 2020
Sasse was just as effective in countering the efforts on the left to go after Barrett for her Catholic faith.
“Religious liberty is the basic ideal that how you worship is none of the government’s business,” he explained. “Government can wage wars, government can write parking tickets but government cannot save souls.”
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) addresses the importance of religious liberty and not having religious tests:
“This committee isn’t in the business of deciding whether the dogma lives too loudly within someone.” pic.twitter.com/5vPwdOOJjJ
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) October 12, 2020
Social media lit up as a result of the civics lesson Sasse delivered to his Democratic colleagues.
Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
Ben Sasse is about to break into a Schoolhouse Rock song and I’m here to say he should go for it.
— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) October 12, 2020
The civics class being delivered by @BenSasse right now is a needed reminder to everyone about what this hearing should really be about.
— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) October 12, 2020
Ben Sasse delivering a needed civics lesson.
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) October 12, 2020
He lost me at “…Klobuchar said a number of things I agree with…”
— Will (@NoLeftTurns) October 12, 2020
I’m hoping Senator BEN SASSE runs for President In 2024.. damn he’s smart, young, fair and articulate.. GO BEN SASSE! NEBRASKA YOU ARE LUCKY TO HAVE HIM!!
— Kirstie Alley (@kirstiealley) October 12, 2020
.@BenSasse is giving a much-needed civics lesson to the Senate, reminding them that Amy Coney Barrett’s religion is none of their damn business and not relevant to the confirmation hearing.
“Your soul is something the government can’t touch.”
— The First (@TheFirstonTV) October 12, 2020
Senator Ben Sasse hits the nail on the head:
“Religious liberty is the basic idea that how you worship is none of the government’s business.”#ConfirmACB
— Students For Trump (@TrumpStudents) October 12, 2020