Graham: Amy Coney Barrett Will 'Shatter the Barrier' Around Conservative Women
South Carolina Republican tells Supreme Court nominee he's 'proud of her'
Sen. Lindsey Graham praised Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett for 'making history' during his opening statement on the third day of confirmation hearings.
The South Carolina Republican told Barret he's never been more proud of a nominee than he was of her.
"This hearing, to me, is an opportunity to not punch through a glass ceiling but a reinforced concrete barrier around conservative women," Graham said.
"You’re going to shatter that barrier," he stated.
"I have never been more proud of the nominee than I am of you," Graham added.
"You have been candid to this body about who you are and what you believe."
Graham also praised Sens. Joni Ernst and Marsha Blackburn before noting challenges conservative women and minorities face when getting recognition.
"It is a very give-and-take society called America, but there is one group in America I think has had a hard time of it, and that is conservatives of color and women conservatives," he said.
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"There is an effort by some in the liberal world to marginalize the contribution because you come out on a different side of an issue, particularly abortion."
Blackburn also said earleir this week saying she felt like conservative women are not welcomed in most places as much as liberal women due to differing views.
"If you don’t buy into this agenda of the Left if you're female, then they act as if you are not a real woman," the Tennessee Republican said.
Graham added that Barret could inspire other women who may share her views if she were to have a place on the court.
"A seat at the table is waiting on you, and it will be a great signal to all young women who want to share your view of the world that there is a seat at the table for them," he said.
"This won’t be celebrated in most places.
"It will be hard to find much commentary about this moment in American history, but in many of our worlds, this will be celebrated."
"This has been a long time coming, and we have arrived."
The American Bar Association (ABA) announced on Sunday that it awarded Barrett its highest possible rating.