“Everybody Loves Raymond” star Patricia Heaton said Sunday President Donald Trump can anticipate intense criticisms of his looming nomination to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court from people “who wouldn’t recognize God if He bit them on the bum.”
The pro-life celebrity’s comments come as many have floated U.S. Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett as a potential successor to Ginsburg’s seat on the high court. Trump, for his part, said his nominee will be a woman.
Speaking of Ginsburg, Trump said, “She led an amazing life, what else can you say? She was an amazing woman, whether you agreed or not, she was an amazing woman who led an amazing life. I’m actually sad to hear [of her death]. I am sad to hear that.”
Barrett, who is on the president’s list of potential Supreme Court nominees, is Catholic and clerked for the late Justice Antonin Scalia. In addition, she was a law professor at the University of Notre Dame for 15 years.
“Friends, be prepared for social media to be filled with an onslaught of arrogant pronouncements based on breathtaking ignorance of religion in general, Christianity specifically, and Catholicism in particularly [sic] by people who wouldn’t recognize God if He bit them on the bum,” tweeted Heaton, who is also Catholic.
Barrett faced intense attacks on her Catholic faith back in 2017, when she was first confirmed as a district judge.
“I would never impose my own personal convictions upon the law,” said Barrett in response to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who expressed worry over the fact the judge is Christian.
“The dogma lives loudly within you,” charged the liberal lawmaker. “That’s of concern.”
At the time, Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) expressed discomfort at the kind of questions Barrett was fielding, telling her, “I think some of the questioning that you have been subjected to today seems to miss some of these fundamental constitutional protections we all have.”