We previously discussed how senators crossed a critical line in the Barrett nomination when they declared that Conservative legal philosophy makes them “unqualified” – the task of decades of tradition in which members separated qualifications from a nominee’s philosophy. That dangerous change became particularly evident yesterday when Senator Ed Markey, D-Mass. Described originalism as “racist, sexist, homophobic and a fancy word for discrimination”.
Markey stated on Twitter on Twitter: “Originalism is racist. Originalism is sexist. Originalism is homophobic. Originalism is just a fancy word for discrimination. “
Marky’s comments deeply offend the many citizens, judges, and professors who hold originalist views. It is further evidence of the creeping irrationality in this age of anger when it is not enough to disagree with others on legal issues. You must now label those with different views as racists or bigots. Senator Mike Lee rightly called on Markey to withdraw his comments, but that courtesy and responsibility is a distant memory in American politics today.