Alex Edelman – Pool / Getty ImagesDemocratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont gives his opening statement by video as Judge Amy Coney Barrett looks on during the first day of her Supreme Court confirmation hearing Monday in Washington, D.C. (Alex Edelman – Pool / Getty Images)
The appointment of the first mother with school-aged children to the Supreme Court would be a setback for women, Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont insisted Monday.
Leahy’s comment came during a day of senatorial opening statements on the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the court.
In her opening statement, a copy of which was released Sunday, Barrett noted that she would be the first mother with school-aged children appointed to the court, a point made by President Donald Trump when he nominated her.
But to Leahy, minorities and women have been struck with fear at the prospect of Barrett joining the court.
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