Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono (Hawaii) sparked uproar on social media on Tuesday, over her asking U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett if she had ever committed sexual assault.
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During the second day of hearings for Judge Barrett, Hirono explained to the nominee that she always asks the same two questions to candidates being considered for lifetime appointments.
The first question was, “Since you became a legal adult, have you ever made unwanted requests for sexual favors, or committed any physical or verbal harassment or assault of a sexual nature?”
Judge Barrett answered “No, Senator Hirono.”
“Have you ever faced discipline or entered into a settlement related to this kind of conduct?” the senator asked in her follow-up.
“No, Senator,” Barrett replied.
Hirono’s questions drew condemnation on Twitter from users who viewed them as inappropriate and insulting.
Director Robby Starbuck tweeted out a video of the exchange, writing, “Here’s resident Senate lunatic, Mazie Hirono asking Amy Coney Barrett ‘Have you ever made unwanted requests for sexual favors… or committed assault of a sexual nature?’ Amy’s kids just watched their Mom get asked if she’s a rapist. Pure evil.”
Yet another reacted by saying, “Disgusting question by Senate Democrat Member Mazie Hirono of Hawaii.”
Others suggested that Hirono ask the same questions of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, who has been accused of sexual assault and other allegations of sexual misconduct.
Hirono endorsed Biden for president months ago, but lambasted President Donald Trump’s last Supreme Court nominee, now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh, and found him unfit for the high court over an unsubstantiated allegation of sexual assault from when he was a teenager emerged during his hearings. Kavanaugh vehemently denied the allegations, and was narrowly confirmed after a largely partisan, bitter Senate battle.
TheBlaze previously reported that Hirono “decried the presumption of innocence during Kavanaugh’s confirmation, telling CNN in September 2018 that due process ‘makes it really difficult for victims and survivors of these kinds of traumatic events to even come forward.'”
Last month, Hirono declared on the Twitter that she would not support Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court, providing a long list of reasons for her decision. The senator from Hawaii concluded, “I oppose her nomination and will fight to deny her a lifetime position on the United States Supreme Court, and in doing so, will tell the American people the danger she poses to hard-won rights.”