At the opening confirmation hearing for Judge Amy Coney Barrett on Monday, amid partisan mudslinging and an air of seriousness, Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) brought up a scene from Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) with Barrett when talking about the treatment of then-nominee Brett Kavanaugh at his 2018 Supreme Court confirmation hearings.
“Now, look, judge. I’m not naive. I understand this thing can turn sour really fast, we all watched the hearings for Justice Kavanaugh,” the Louisiana senator said. “It was a freak show. It looked like the cantina bar scene out of Star Wars.”
“And, I know for someone who is unaccustomed to it, it hurts to be called a racist,” the senator continues. “I think it’s one of the worst things you can call an American. I know that it hurts to be called a white colonialist and I know it must hurt for someone of deep religious faith as yourself to be called a bigot.”
During the tumultuous Fall 2018 confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh, Democrats accused him of past sexism due to allegations made by three women, most notably from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who accused him of sexual assault.
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Driver free on bond after he admittedly killed teenager for Conservative views
41-year-old Shannon Brandt is out on bond even though he was the one who admitted to killing a teenager because of the youngster’s political affiliation. Brandt chased 18-year-old Cayler Ellingson and ran him down with his car claiming he was part of a “Republican extremist group.” Police say Brandt was drunk when he hit and killed Ellingson with his SUV.
Brandt was charged Monday with vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a deadly accident. Later in the week, he was let out on $50,000 bond stating he is not a flight risk. “I have a job, a life and a house and things I don’t want to see go by the wayside — family that are very important to me,” Brandt told the judge.
Since his release, Brandt started removing certain content from his social media, the Post Millenial observed. “Prosecutors allege moments before he was killed, 18-year-old Cayler Ellingson called his mom to come rescue him because 41-year-old Shannon Brandt was chasing him in the city of McHenry, where the street dance had just wrapped up. By the time she could get there, her son was dead” reports National Review.
“He was the one who called 911 to report the crash,” said North Dakota Highway Patrol Capt. Bryan Niewind.
Court papers show Brandt called 911 around 2:30 a.m. Sunday and told the 911 dispatcher that he just hit Ellingson, claiming the teen was part of a Republican extremist group and was calling people to come get Brandt after a political argument.
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