Lindsey Graham references 'good old days of segregation' at Amy Coney Barrett hearing
Lindsey Graham and Amy Coney Barrett appear at Senate Judiciary Committee hearing (PBS/screen grab)

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Wednesday made a reference to "the good old days of segregation."

Graham opened the third day of Amy Comey Barrett's confirmation hearing by defending the Supreme Court nominee's refusal to answer questions. However, the South Carolina senator pointed out that Barrett could express an opinion about Brown v. Board of Education because it was not currently being challenged in the courts.

"One of the reasons you can't tell us how you would rule is because there's active litigation coming to the court," Graham said. "And one of the reasons you can say with confidence that you think Brown v. Board of Education is super-precedent is you're not aware of any effort to go back to the good old days of segregation."

Viewers immediately expressed shock on Twitter.

"Is he not even trying to hide his racism anymore?" one commenter asked.

Watch the video and read some of the tweets below.