Democrat Senator Slammed as 'Pure Evil' for Asking Judge Barrett if She's a Rapist
Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) asks Supreme Court nominee if she's ever sexual assaulted anyone
A Democrat senator has been slammed as "pure evil" after she grilled Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett on whether she had ever sexually assaulted anyone.
Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) pushed a hyperpartisan line of questioning during the hearings for Judge Barrett's nomination that was seen as inappropriate and offensive by many viewers.
The Senate Judiciary Committee held its second day of hearings for the 48-year-old federal judge on Tuesday, with the proceedings being live-streamed around the world.
Hirono asked Judge Barrett if she was a rapist, claiming she asked the same question to all SCOTUS nominees.
"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?" Hirono asked Barrett.
"No, Senator Hirono," Judge Barrett answered.
"Have you ever faced discipline or entered into a settlement related to this kind of conduct?" the Hawaii 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, according to The Blaze.
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."
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?"— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) October 13, 2020
Amy’s kids just watched their Mom get asked if she’s a rapist. Pure evil. pic.twitter.com/5qv80cqcuE
"So disrespectful. Sen. Hirono is shameless," another person wrote.
Someone else tweeted, "Just when you think they can't possibly go any lower @maziehirono comes thru and lowers the bar even more."
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.
The Blaze 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 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."