Politics GOP Senator Chuck Grassley Slams 'Sexist' and 'Ageist' Democrats for Calling on Dianne Feinstein to Step Down
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The moment of bipartisanship comes after weeks of Democrats decrying the hearings and criticizing Republicans for moving forward with the confirmation process.“I just want to thank you, this has been one of the best set of hearings that I’ve participated in and I want to thank you for your fairness and the opportunity of going back and forth,” the Democrat told the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
GOP Senator Chuck Grassley accused Democrats of having "ageist & sexist motivations" after calls from liberal groups for Sen. Dianne Feinstein to step down as top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee.
"Democrats calling for Senator Feinstein to step down from Judiciary Ranking Member should think twice abt [sic] their sexist & ageist motivations against an outstanding legislator & icon in her own right," Grassley tweeted on Wednesday. "Attacks on Senator Feinstein are totally unjustified."
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Democrats calling for Senator Feinstein to step down from Judiciary Ranking Member should think twice abt their sexist & ageist motivations against an outstanding legislator & icon in her own right Attacks on Senator Feinstein are totally unjustified— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) October 21, 2020
"She's such an outstanding legislator, it's totally unjustified," he told Politico's Burgess Everett. "She's only three months older than I am, and I haven't announced I'm not running for reelection."
At 87 years old, the Iowa senator and former Judiciary Committee chairman is currently the most senior Senate Republican.
When asked for a comment, Grassley's office told Newsweek that the tweet speaks to his thoughts and that it doesn't have anything to add.
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Following the conclusion of the Senate Judiciary Committee's confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue denounced committee ranking member Dianne Feinstein. © Provided by Washington Examiner Hogue wrote that Feinstein failed to acknowledge the opinions of majorities that "have said unequivocally that they want to choose the next President" to fill the absence created by the death of Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg in September.
Last week, Feinstein drew waves of criticism from Democrats and liberal activists for praising Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham's handling of the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. She told Graham that the Barrett hearings were "one of the best set of hearings that I've participated in" and thanked him for his "fairness."
While Senate Republicans rush to confirm Barrett to the Supreme Court as the November election quickly approaches, NARAL Pro-Choice America, Demand Justice and other liberal groups accused Feinstein of being far too accommodating to Republicans during the hearings and demanded that she be removed as the top Democrat of the committee.
"It's time for Sen. Feinstein to step down from her leadership position on the Senate Judiciary Committee," said Demand Justice Executive Director Brian Fallon, a former top aide to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, in a statement last week. "If she won't, her colleagues need to intervene."
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NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue, who called the Supreme Court nomination "illegitimate" and "a sham," said in a statement on Friday that Feinstein "offered an appearance of credibility to the proceedings that is wildly out of step with the American people."
"As such, we believe the committee needs new leadership," Hogue added.
While top Senate Democrats have remained largely quiet in regards to their thoughts on Feinstein stepping down, several Senate Republicans joined Grassley in defending her remarks.
"The left-wing attacks on Sen. Feinstein are a product of the frustration on the far left that their attacks [on Barrett] aren't working and their arguments aren't resonating," GOP Sen. Ted Cruz, who serves on the Judiciary Committee, told Politico on Tuesday, while GOP Sen. John Cornyn said it "would be a real shame if they run her off."
Senate Minority Leader Schumer told reporters on Tuesday that he spoke with Feinstein about the criticism.
"I've had a long and serious talk with Senator Feinstein," Schumer said. "That's all I'm going to say about it right now."
If Democrats win the Senate majority in November, Feinstein would take over as the chair of the Judiciary panel in Congress, which is currently held by Graham.
Newsweek reached out to Feinstein's office for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.
Senate Dems agonize over embattled Feinstein .
Chuck Schumer said Tuesday he had a “long and serious talk” with the 87-year-old senator. Senate Democrats are grappling with how to handle Feinstein’s future role on the panel. Liberal groups say Feinstein was far too accommodating to Republicans during last week’s confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. And while Democrats tread carefully in public on Tuesday, refusing to criticize the 87-year-old Feinstein — the first woman to serve as ranking member on Judiciary — her loudest supporters were actually Republicans.