Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) offered a sanctimonious defense of Amy Coney Barrett, and many observers were disgusted.
The Nebraska Republican claimed Democrats opposed President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court because she's a Catholic, and blurred the distinction between her deeply conservative sect and mainstream Christianity.
"This committee isn't in the business of deciding whether the dogma lives too loudly within someone," Sasse said. "This committee isn't in the business of deciding which religious beliefs are good and which religious beliefs are bad and which religious beliefs are weird. I just want to say, as somebody who is self-consciously a Christian, we have a whole bunch more really weird beliefs -- forgiveness of sins, the virgin birth, resurrection from the death, eternal life. There are a whole bunch of really, really crazy ideas that are a lot weirder than some Catholic moms giving each other advice about parenting."
The senator's statements outraged and frustrated many watching the confirmation hearings.
Sasse was right in saying Gov't cant govern our souls, but it also shouldn't govern our bodies. #ProtectACA #ProtectRoeVWade #ACBHearings— Butter Emails (@Butter Emails)1602514970.0
Sen Sasse is describing court packing after approving scores of republican judges after refusing to approve judges… https://t.co/6lBVFISKzA— REALaltee (@REALaltee)1602514966.0
Sen. Sasse really should have read this BS opening statement before giving it and asked a simple question - Does an… https://t.co/vZmo6tZ3aT— D Lewis (@D Lewis)1602514961.0
@SenAmyKlobuchar @SenSasse Senator Sasse giving a lecture on Civics I laughable. His state is one of the few which… https://t.co/GpFOihDgtK— Mickey Jones (@Mickey Jones)1602514959.0
Listening to Ben Sasse, I’m finally convinced irony is dead. He is condescending and dishonest.— Deborah Lowry (@Deborah Lowry)1602514956.0
Sasse hints that People of Praise, the charismatic christian group that ACB was a part of, was just "a bunch of cat… https://t.co/3rIaJ2uJod— Jessica Mason Pieklo (@Jessica Mason Pieklo)1602514561.0
Ben Sasse is the smarmiest pos.— All Quiet Now (@All Quiet Now)1602514954.0
Senator Ben Sasse is trying to convince us to not indulge in politics while using politics to color his speech. 😂— George 🇸🇱🇺🇸 (@George 🇸🇱🇺🇸)1602514952.0
.@BenSasse’s “Civics 101” lecture was an insult even to the 8th graders at whom he overtly directed it. Piling tire… https://t.co/2TpLtbfleb— Laurence Tribe (@Laurence Tribe)1602515444.0
There is only one religion for these fascists - Christianity. And don't forget that Catholics are only "Christians"… https://t.co/xROmz3PxBK— Tsquared (@Tsquared)1602514833.0
@MMineiro_CNS The hypocrisy of Sasse talking about how there’s no place for politics in judgeships. McConnell sat o… https://t.co/LWrsvve5z8— Tony Frontier (@Tony Frontier)1602514950.0
@mrotzie Yep — keep underestimating kids Sasse. They’ll be the ones voting you out— Deb “not a dr, not a kiddo” Peterson 🇺🇸👋🏻🤼♀️ (@Deb “not a dr, not a kiddo” Peterson 🇺🇸👋🏻🤼♀️)1602514934.0
The problems with Ben Sasse's "civics lesson"... 1. Court packing isn't a suicide bombing attempt? The court has a… https://t.co/3GXAjxZCfg— Ben Ball (@Ben Ball)1602514930.0
#SCOTUSHearing, wow Sasse is conflating multiple concepts per sentence. He says originalism = textualism = legalism… https://t.co/cdN3ivAJBf— Michael Evans (@Michael Evans)1602514927.0
So Mr. Sasse...the government should stay out of religion you say...yet the President allows protesters to be mowed… https://t.co/iDidvmvzmE— hesouttamylife (@hesouttamylife)1602514923.0
Let us not for a moment pretend that Amy Coney Barrett's religious beliefs are precisely why she was chosen. Ben Sa… https://t.co/7Lji9hVEGs— Machine Pun Kelly (@Machine Pun Kelly)1602514922.0
So far, Republicans are the only ones to raise Barrett's faith during the hearing. Sasse just referenced Barrett's… https://t.co/4AzzWUM8Er— Lauren Gambino (@Lauren Gambino)1602514597.0
@clairecmc @BenSasse I had to turn it off. Ben Sasse is such a self-righteous saccharin sweet phony. I can handle o… https://t.co/ennhngN34U— LindaC (@LindaC)1602514920.0