They just can’t help themselves, can they? It seems that whenever President Trump makes a move, progressives set out to make themselves look as foolish as possible, and the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court is no different.
After the President announced his selection, high-profile leftists pounced, using every single attack they could think of. They even resorted to using one of their most cherished television series to smear the Supreme Court nominee.
References to The Handmaid’s Tale, a TV series based on the book written by Margaret Atwood, began appearing on social media in relation to Barrett’s nomination. Some left-leaning publications even tried to convince their readers that a religious group to which the judge belonged was the inspiration for the dystopian novel, which depicts an American society ruled by theological tyrants who force women into subservience.
“Trump’s top Supreme Court pick comes from a religion that is straight out of the Handmaid’s Tale…because of course she f*cking does.
Fight for your uteruses, ladies, or pick the male you want to sign your rights over to.”
MSNBC Anchor Joy Reid also chimed in. “Turns out Republicans DO have a platform: The Handmaid’s Tale. #UnderHisEye #BlessedBeTheFruit,” she tweeted.
Far-left progressive magazine posted a link to a story in which it repeated the now-debunked claim that Barrett’s religious group was the inspiration for Atwood’s novel. “Amy Coney Barrett is a member of People of Praise, a charismatic covenant community in South Bend, Indiana known for the submissive role played by women, some of whom were called “handmaids”—at least until the Handmaid’s Tale aired in 2017,” they lied.
Writer Jill Filipovic posted a tweet in which she admitted that the link between Barrett and “The Handmaid’s Tale” was a deception, but still attempted to draw comparisons between the two. “No, the far-right organization Amy Coney Barrett is a part of didn’t inspire The Handmaid’s Tale, but they still literally did call women ‘handmaids’ while men were ‘heads,’ and they teach that a man is the head of the family, while the wife submits to his authority,” she wrote.
The delirium over the matter became so utterly preposterous that even Vox, a far-left progressive website, had to set the record straight. They wrote:
“Barrett is also part of a small Catholic group known as People of Praise, and that’s where her religious affiliations get especially touchy. Some liberals argue Barrett’s membership in this group, which teaches that husbands are the heads of families and have authority over their wives, signals that she will hand down religiously motivated conservative opinions if confirmed to the Supreme Court, particularly when it comes to women’s reproductive freedom and the rights of the queer community.”
The author of the piece then addresses the notion that People of Praise was the basis of “The Handmaid’s Tale.” She explained, “To be absolutely clear: People of Praise is not an inspiration for The Handmaid’s Tale, and the group does not practice sexual slavery or any of the other dystopian practices Atwood wrote about in her novel.”
So, why are progressives pretending that Barrett’s eventual appointment to the Supreme Court will somehow lead to the type of authoritarian theocracy that the novel depicts? To put it simply, it’s because they don’t have any better options. Through the Handmaid’s Tale comparison, they hope to paint the soon-to-be justice as someone whose legal decisions will be dictated by her religious beliefs.
Progressives wish to paint a picture of a vicious bigot motivated by an extreme faith that seeks to oppress women and members of the LGBTQ community. They used a similar line of attack in 2017 when she was believed to be one of the frontrunners to replace Justice Antonin Scalia. However, since they could not find any examples of religiously-motivated rulings during her career as a judge, they decided to concoct The Handmaid’s Tale narrative.
While the left’s conduct in this regard might be irritating to some, conservatives should be able to see a clear silver lining to the media circus that is sure to begin on October 12, when the hearings are scheduled to start. The bottom line is that if this is the most damaging attack progressives have, then Republicans have nothing to fear when it comes to confirming Barrett. Besides, won’t it be funny to see them protesting in their Handmaid’s Tale costumes outside the building?
Let me know what you think in the comments below!
Follow me on Twitter: @JeffOnTheRight