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.
Lindsey Graham, "the Good Ol' Days of Segregation." Those words left his mouth today— muhcuhlin (they/them) 🐛🏳️🌈 (@muhcuhlin (they/them) 🐛🏳️🌈)1602681537.0
Lindsey Graham just used the term “good old days of segregation by the legislature”... is he not even trying to hide his racism anymore?— Vikram Pandit (@Vikram Pandit)1602681616.0
In opening remarks of confirmation hearing, @LindseyGrahamSC says “the good ol’ days of segregation” to be... funny… https://t.co/IgsOl4YaUC— GiselAceves (@GiselAceves)1602681623.0
"The good ol' days of segregation" - Senator Lindsey Graham 10/14/2020 9:17 am Never forgot the day and exact time… https://t.co/LkcIUA0ji2— Maynard Lee Roth (@Maynard Lee Roth)1602681624.0
did lindsey graham really just call segregation the “good ol’ days”? pls tell me i heard that wrong.— shel ☁️ (@shel ☁️)1602681626.0
Did this idiot @LindseyGrahamSC just say “The Good Old Days of Segregation”?.... WTF?— Angel Rodriguez (@Angel Rodriguez)1602681630.0
...did lindsey graham just say “the good old days of segregation” or am I just losing my gd mind— Devon (@Devon)1602681638.0
Did @LindseyGrahamSC just say “good ole days of segregation“? Really?! What the hell is wrong with this man?… https://t.co/Wbo7TnJ9We— Mae Margaret Hays (@Mae Margaret Hays)1602681768.0