A secretive religious group has scrubbed its website of all references to President Trump’s nominee to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. Amy Coney Barrett is a longtime member of the Catholic group People of Praise, whose members pledge a lifelong loyalty oath assigning each member a personal adviser, known as “heads” for men and, until recently, “handmaids” for women. People of Praise has a strictly patriarchal structure in which men are the heads of household with power over their wives and families.
Senate Republicans have promised a swift confirmation process for Amy Coney Barrett. On Thursday, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany was pressed by reporters after she falsely claimed Barrett was a recipient of a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship from Oxford University.
Justin Sink: “You said Judge Barrett was a Rhodes scholar. I’m not sure that that’s true.”
Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany: “Um, I — that’s what I have written here, but” —
Justin Sink: “She attended Rhodes College. She attended Rhodes College.”
Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany: “Attended Rhodes College. So, my bad.”