Gavin Newsom wasted no time attacking Judge Amy Coney Barrett yesterday, commenting on a tweet about her: “This makes me sick to my stomach.”
But the Governor's shameless attacks are nothing compared to those of our senior U.S. Senator, Dianne Feinstein. After Feinstein tried to use Barrett's Catholic faith against her in 2017, I wrote Feinstein a letter signed by 25 California Legislators, asking that she do the decent thing and apologize.
My letter told Feinstein her accusation was “alarming, and without precedent in our recent history." It continued: “Your comments are offensive to fundamental American principles: freedom of religion and freedom of conscience. They profoundly misunderstand what it means to be a person of faith.”
You can read the full letter and see who signed it here. Feinstein, of course, refused to apologize.
Incredibly, California's other U.S. Senator, Kamala Harris, then attacked another judicial nominee's Catholic religious affiliation.
I'd had enough. I introduced Assembly Joint Resolution 12, calling out both Senators for their prejudiced statements. My Resolution "condemns any attempt to disqualify an individual for public office on the basis of that individual's religious beliefs and affirms that a religious test is a violation of the United States Constitution.”
California's rarefied Legislature wouldn't even vote on the Resolution that year, but I will now be re-introducing it. As the likes of Gavin Newsom, Kamala Harris, and Dianne Feinstein continue their despicable attacks, I'll be reminding them that religious liberty is America's very first principle.
We are going down to the wire. Help me keep fighting at the Capitol.