Joy Behar Says Amy Coney Barrett Hearings are a Sign of the GOP’s “White Male Panic”

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The first day of Amy Coney Barrett‘s Senate confirmation hearing ended just in time for The View, and the co-hosts had plenty to say about the proceedings. All five panelists agreed that it is entirely “legitimate” for Democrats to ask about Barrett’s devout Catholicism, and they blasted Republicans for relying on a “red herring” argument throughout the hearing. Of course, Joy Behar was most critical GOP leaders, who she claimed are “trying to put the clock back to 1955” with conservative court rulings. “The tide is going forward,” she said. “These guys are in a white panic! A male, white panic.”

Throughout their opening statements this morning, Senate Judiciary Republicans blasted their Democratic counterparts for bringing up Barrett’s Catholicism during the nomination process. “Some of my colleagues may, once again, try to misrepresent and outright disparage Judge Barrett’s religious beliefs and affiliations,” said Sen. Chuck Grassley earlier this morning. “Let me remind everyone that Article 1 clearly prohibits religious tests for serving in public office.”

When The View‘s longtime moderator Whoopi Goldberg asked if it is “fair to ask about [Barrett’s] religious background,” the co-hosts agreed that it is. “Every judicial nominee, unless you’re an atheist — you should be asked how and if your beliefs are going to influence your judicial decisions and the way you view issues,” said Ana Navarro. “It is a fair question to ask because we are a country where there is a separation of church and state.”

Navarro went on to say that “Republicans are making an issue out of this to try to make her a victim of religious persecution that does not exist.” She noted that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is Catholic, as are six out of the eight sitting Supreme Court justices, including the Democrat-nominated Sonia Sotomayor. “This entire ‘She’s being persecuted for being too Catholic’ narrative is a red herring by Republicans,” said Navarro. “Even though it is very much a legitimate issue to ask because we have the separation of church and state.”

Behar agreed, but admitted that Barrett will likely be confirmed by the Republican-led Senate regardless of Democrats’ criticisms. “I think they’re going to get her through. They have all the cards in their hands,” she said. “Unfortunately, we’re going to have to wait for time to go by to see where the Trump party starts to really fail.”

The outspoken co-host added that despite Republicans’ best efforts to reverse progressive policies, the vast majority of Americans want them to remain. “62% of Americans want to keep Roe v. Wade. 67% of Americans want gay marriage,” she said. “They want to put the clock back — listen, I’m old enough — I remember the ’50s. A woman couldn’t even get her own credit card in those days. Forget about getting an abortion.”

“It was so difficult to get anything in this country at that time that was legal. You had to put your life at risk in those days,” continued Behar. “Gays were terrified of coming out… this is what they would like to do to the country now. To put their reactionary, Rush Limbaugh ideas into the country, and the country is not there. It’s not there. So, it’s a losing battle but a temporary win for them.”

Watch The View co-hosts discuss the long-term effects of Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination above.

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