WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 15: Ranking member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) (R) and Chairman Lindsey Graham … [+]
In a moment of non-partisanship and a demonstration that while we may not always agree but can still work together, it sparked a firestorm on social media. Progressives took to Twitter to express their utter indignation that Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) Would dare to praise her Republican counterpart, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, and then give him a warm hug!
C-Span (@cspan) was one of the first to comment on just the facts on Twitter: “Senator @LindseyGrahamSC and @SenFeinstein shake hands and hug after #SCOTUShearings are over.”
This seemingly innocuous act of camaraderie among longtime colleagues, held at the end of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings for Supreme Court candidate Amy Coney Barrett, was hit by liberal activists, left-wing experts, and others heralding the moment. but treacherous. The Hill reported that Demand Justice, an advocacy group that has opposed President Trump’s efforts to fill the judiciary with Conservative candidates, was one of the first to issue a statement urging Feinstein to step down from the committee!
“It is time for Senator Feinstein to step down from her leadership position on the Senate Judiciary Committee. If she doesn’t, her colleagues will have to step in,” said Brian Fallon, executive director of Demand Justice, in a statement made over an hour after Barrett’s hearing for confirmation.
Then the tweets started and they were far from nice.
Slate’s Mark Joseph Stern (@mjs_DC) tweeted general outrage on Thursday evening: “I really can’t get over the betrayal this moment was to the thousands (millions?) Of Progressive activists who took on the fight. ” Barrett’s Confirmatory Tooth and Nail. Feinstein should be ashamed and resign immediately. “
Stern added, “If Biden wins, he should offer Dianne Feinstein whatever position it takes to get her out of the Senate. Ambassador? A Cabinet Secretary? A Regulatory Czar? Literally anything to open this seat. Feinstein is disastrous as well stunning. ” bad at it. What a nightmare. “
Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) suggested on Twitter, “It is time for Dianne Feinstein to step down. You can respect her service, but she has done a huge disadvantage to Democrats and has proven to be ill-equipped to deal with the GOP deterioration of our judicial system to manage something.” “”
Another user was far more dull with @ kellyvhalen tweets. “Dianne Feinstein has to step back. When she saw her hug, Lindsay Graham had a punch in the stomach for so many reasons and I’m hardly the only one. California, you need to start letting her know.”
The official Twitter account for Slate (@Slate) offered this simple thought: “If you want to know how the Barrett Democratic Hearings went, consider this hug.”
Game to game
Of course, the response to the tweets was just as quick. Among the leaders was Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) of Fox News Channel, who tweeted, “BACKLASH! The Groups urges Feinstein to be removed from committee after Lindsey Graham’s hug.”
Others came in defense of the 87-year-old California senator.
Greg Raths (@GregRaths), a candidate for the US House of Representatives (CA-45), explained the problem directly, tweeting, “Democrats have become so partisan they attack one of their own over a hug?”
Maryland State Senator Jason C. Gallion (@SenatorGallion), a Republican from the 35th Ward, also commented on the deep divide in the nation: “What a shame the people on the far left are opposed to a GOP – Hugging colleagues back to a time when you can’t agree on politics and yet show kindness to those you disagree with. Feinstein’s hug with Lindsey Graham provokes left-wing outrage. “
Some humor has also been found at the moment – noted by Genny Aversano (@gennyaversano) who tweeted, “Find someone who looks at you the way Dianne Feinstein looks at Lindsey Graham.”