Democrat Votes 'Hell No' on Barrett Confirmation, Storms Off Senate Floor
Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) yells 'I’d like to say, hell no!'
Democrat Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) yelled out "hell no" while voting on Justice Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination on Monday evening before storming off the Senate floor.
“I’d like to say, hell no,” Hirono shouted when called on to vote.
The Hawaii senator's objection was fruitless, however, as Barrett was confirmed by a majority of U.S. Senators, despite a glaring lack of bipartisanship coming from Senate Democrats.
Justice Barrett was later sworn in to the Supreme Court by Justice Clarence Thomas on Monday night amid whoops and cheers from the audience on the White House lawn.
After President Donald Trump opened the proceedings with a speech, Justice Thomas swore Barrett in.
Barrett followed with a speech in which she vowed, “I will do my job without any fear or favor,” adding, “I love the Constitution and the democratic republic that it establishes, and I will devote myself to preserving it.”
Barrett was confirmed on a 52-48 vote with only Republicans voting to confirm her.
One Republican, Susan Collins (ME), voted against Barrett which comes as she is in the middle of a tough re-election campaign and her "no" vote would ultimately not alter the outcome.
Hirono registered her vote against the nomination by saying, "hell no!" and stomping off.
Her vote was caught on video.
A clip of her petulant vote was circulated on social media:
Stay classy, Mazie Hirono ... pic.twitter.com/ViobYBWNBb— Scott Morefield (@SKMorefield) October 27, 2020
Hirono was among the Democrats who questioned whether Barrett could be fair in her Supreme Court decisions given that she is so devoted to her Catholic faith.
Others accused Hirono of religious bigotry over the suggestion, according to The Blaze.
"Look, it wasn't her religious views — it's anybody's views that they bring to their decision-making," Hirono said last month about Barrett's faith.
"So they keep telling us that none of the things they wrote or said yesterday should infringe on their decision, but how can we be assured that they can be objective?" she added.
"Why should we say you get a lifetime appointment so that you can reflect your ideological agenda in your decision-making?"
Hirono reiterated her opposition to Barrett's nomination through her Twitter account.
"Judge Amy Coney Barrett is a clear and present danger to the rights and protections [Ruth Bader Ginsburg] fought for," she tweeted.
"The American people are paying attention and voting."
Hirono is also among the critics of the Barrett nomination who are demanding that Democrats pack the Supreme Court with extra seats for liberal justices after the election as revenge against Republicans.
Despite Hirono's opposition and that of the Democrats, Barrett's nomination was approved by Republicans in the U.S. Senate on Monday by a vote of 52 to 48.
The Associated Press reported that Justice Clarence Thomas administered the Constitutional Oath to Barrett before a crowd of about 200 on the South Lawn at the White House.
She will be able to participate in the court Tuesday after taking the Judicial Oath administered by Chief Justice John Roberts in a private ceremony.