Sen. Cornyn Invokes To Kill a Mockingbird in Remarks Defending Kavanaugh: ‘We Could Learn from Atticus Finch’


On the Senate floor this afternoon, Senator John Cornyn (R- TX) invoked To Kill a Mockingbird as he defended Brett Kavanaugh ahead of the big upcoming vote on the Supreme Court nominee.

Cornyn was presumably going off commentary from National Review editor Rich Lowry and Wall Street Journal assistant editor Allysia Finley reflecting on the lessons of the book amid the ongoing Kavanaugh confirmation process.

For example, Lowry writes, “To Kill a Mockingbird stands firmly for the proposition that an accusation can be false, that unpopular defendants presumed guilty must and should be defended, and that it is admirable and brave to withstand the crowd — at times in the story, literally the lynch mob — when it wants to cast aside the normal protections of justice.”

Cornyn today decried the way Democrats have conducted themselves during the Kavanaugh confirmation process, saying, “Our colleagues across the aisle claim to be looking out for the victim. They claim to be on the side of empathy. But there’s nothing empathetic about the cruelty that they have shown Judge Kavanaugh, his wife, and their children. There’s nothing empathetic about presuming that somebody is guilty without evidence.”

And then he invoked the book:

“There’s nothing consistent about our colleagues who forget many of their standard refrains about our criminal justice system convicting too many people when the evidence is thin. Some commentators have called this our Atticus Finch moment, recalling the famous novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. We all remember that Atticus Finch was a lawyer that did not believe that a mere accusation was synonymous with guilt. He represented an unpopular person who many people presumed was guilty of a heinous crime because of his race and his race alone. We could learn from Atticus finch now during this time when there has been such a vicious and unrelenting attack on the integrity and good name of this nominee.”

You can watch the video above, via C-SPAN 2.

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