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WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) - Leftist media correspondents — and their comrades in the Democrat party — are parading their anti-Catholic bias toward a Catholic judge emerging as a frontrunner to fill the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat.
Earlier this week, ABC News White House correspondent Rachel Scott warned President Trump would fill Ginsburg's vacant seat with a "devout Catholic" in "conservative" judge Amy Coney Barrett. Three women judges are on the president's short list with conservative Barrett emerging as a front-runner.
Scott also described "a growing memorial" outside the Supreme Court "as so many grapple with the loss of Ruth Bader Ginsburg." Scott was quick to add that "The president, though, is pressing forward, announcing he will nominate a woman in the coming days to fill her seat."
With the accusations flying that Trump is being "political" in pursuit of filling Ginsburg's seat while others mourn Ginsburg's passing, it was ABC, according to Media Research Center's NewsBusters site, that spent the night of Ginsburg's death trying to lobby against filling her seat. The White House correspondent celebrated how one liberal Republican, at least, was going rogue.
"Not every Republican is on board with that speedy timeline. One of them, [is] Senator Susan Collins. In a statement, [Collins] said, 'I do not believe that the Senate should vote on the nominee prior to the election.'"
"Republicans can only afford to lose three votes, and a small group of moderate and vulnerable senators could split from their party to stop it," the White House correspondent calculated.
NewsBusters also reported on the gush of Democrat commemorations for the late Justice — also reported on by ABC's Good Morning America (GMA). GMA co-anchor Whit Johnson rattled off a litany:
New York governor Andrew Cuomo ordered state landmarks to be lit in blue in honor of her. Time magazine [is] releasing a special commemorative cover featuring the late Justice, and overnight, this vigil where Sen. Elizabeth Warren led the crowd in a chant of "I will fight" to support Ginsburg's stances on [illegal immigrant] "Dreamers" and affordable [health] care.
The Left's bias against Barrett as a potential nominee is preceded by its indignation that Trump would dare proceed with filling Ginsburg's seat before the elections.
Former president Barack Obama weighed in quickly through a statement calling on the Senate not to fill Ginsburg's seat until after the election. Joe Biden also condemned the president's move to forge ahead.
"To jam this nomination through the Senate is just an exercise in raw political power," Biden said, according to CNBC.
And former senior advisor for Obama Valerie Jarrett, in an interview with MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace, last week said it was "unconscionable" and "unkind" for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to talk about replacing Ginsburg "on the eve of her death."
Ginsburg reportedly declared days before her death to her granddaughter that her "most fervent wish" was that her replacement not be filled until after the inauguration. The statement was obtained by NPR.
But Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution states:
[The President] shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the Supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments.
And many political commentators point out that a president is elected for four years, not three plus a lame-duck fourth year, something reportedly Ginsburg herself stated in 2016.
ABC's Scott further reminded viewers that Barrett had to be "pressed by Democrats" about her stance on Roe v. Wade during her confirmation hearing for the 7th Circuit in 2017.
The ABC journalist played this sound bite of California senator Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., reproaching Barrett for her Catholic faith, which prohibits abortion:
Feinstein: The dogma lives loudly within you, and that's of concern.
Barrett: It's never appropriate for a judge to impose that judge's personal convictions, whether they derive from faith or anywhere else, on the law.
Ginsburg's Jewish faith, however, has not been comparably scrutinized by the Left.
While it has been reported that Ginsburg was not known for her ritual observance of her faith, according to the Times of Israel, "she spoke frequently about how Jewish values inspired her, and she was active in Jewish causes and with Jewish organizations."
The Times of Israel further reported that Ginsburg would note in speeches, "she was the only justice with a mezuzah affixed to her office door. A poster on the wall [in her office] read "Tzedek, tzedek, tirdof," the Hebrew injunction from the Torah meaning "Justice, justice shall you pursue."
"I am a judge born, raised and proud of being a Jew," she wrote in an essay for the American Jewish Committee and reprinted by the New York Times in 1996.
"The demand for justice runs through the entirety of the Jewish tradition," Ginsburg wrote. "I hope, in my years on the bench of the Supreme Court of the United States, I will have the strength and courage to remain constant in the service of that demand."
As it has from at least the beginning of Trump's presidency, leftist media forces are resisting every step the president makes in this latest saga, from denying him the right to nominate a candidate "without delay," to fighting, as they will no doubt, his nominee's appointment — one that would secure for decades a conservative majority on the High Court.
Trump supporters, meanwhile, continue enthusiastically at Trump rallies to chant "fill that seat."