Conservative group unveils ad accusing liberals of attacking Barrett's faith

The conservative group Judicial Crisis Network is launching a new advertisement accusing liberals of attacking Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney BarrettSupreme Court rejects Trump effort to shorten North Carolina mail-ballot deadline Trump fights for battleground Arizona Supreme Court won't fast-track GOP bid to block Pennsylvania mail ballot extension MORE’s faith, part of a multimillion-dollar ad campaign in support of President TrumpDonald John TrumpHillary Clinton responds to Chrissy Teigen tweet: 'I love you back' Police called after Florida moms refuse to wear face masks at school board meeting about mask policy Supreme Court rejects Trump effort to shorten North Carolina mail-ballot deadline MORE’s Supreme Court nominee. 

The ad called “Stop the Bigotry,” will begin airing in Iowa, Colorado and Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. It will air in the D.C. market during the first presidential debate between Trump and Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenHillary Clinton responds to Chrissy Teigen tweet: 'I love you back' Supreme Court rejects Trump effort to shorten North Carolina mail-ballot deadline Overnight Defense: Trump campaign's use of military helicopter raises ethics concerns | Air Force jets intercept aircraft over Trump rally | Senators introduce bill to expand visa screenings MORE on Tuesday evening. 

The ad is the third supporting Barrett’s nomination that has been released by Judicial Crisis Network, a group that focuses on the nomination and confirmation of conservative judges. The group plans to spend at least $10 million in support of Barrett’s nomination, on both TV and digital ads.


“Democrats and liberal extremists are attacking Amy Coney Barrett for her faith. It’s shameful bigotry. But it’s not new,” the new ad states. 

Barrett faced questions from Democrats about the role of her faith during her 2017 confirmation hearing to become a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. The ad displays one clip from 2017 during which Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinDemocrats warn GOP will regret Barrett confirmation Democrats brace for nail-biting finish to Senate battle Democratic Senate emerges as possible hurdle for progressives  MORE (D-Ill.) asked Barrett, a devout Catholic, if she was an “orthodox Catholic,” and another in which Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinPence seeks to lift GOP in battle for Senate McConnell and Schumer's relationship shredded after court brawl Murkowski predicts Barrett won't overturn Roe v. Wade MORE (D-Calif.) said to Barrett, “The dogma lives loudly within you.” 

Republicans accused Democrats of anti-Catholic bias at the time. The exchange with Feinstein in particular made Barrett an immediate star among religious conservatives. 

Democratic lawmakers have thus far seemed to avoid scrutinizing Barrett’s religious beliefs and instead have described her as a threat to the Affordable Car Act and a woman’s right to choose. 

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi: Trump should accept election results 'like a man' The spectre of pension failures haunts this election Microsoft: Iranian hacking group targeting attendees of major international security conferences MORE (D-Calif.) argued on CNN over the weekend that the focus should be on Barrett’s views of the Constitution. 


"I think it’s appropriate for people to ask her about how faithful she would be to the Constitution of the United States, whatever her faith,” Pelosi said during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “It doesn’t matter what her faith is or what religion she believes in. What matters is, does she believe in the Constitution of the United States?”

A handful of media outlets have recently written stories scrutinizing People of Praise, a Christian group to which Barrett belongs in her hometown of South Bend, Ind..

Conservatives have criticized some of the news coverage of Barrett, including articles that incorrectly linked Barrett’s religious group to the series “The Handmaid’s Tale.” 

During a news conference Sunday, Trump criticized a New York Times piece that he said described Barrett’s religion as “not consistent with American values.” Trump also made reference to Bill MaherWilliam (Bill) MaherCarville predicts Biden will quickly be declared winner: 'Not going to be close' Conservative group unveils ad accusing liberals of attacking Barrett's faith Sanders tells Maher 'there will be a number of plans' to remove Trump if he loses MORE’s recent monologue of his HBO show, during which the comedian called Barrett a “f---ing nut” and poked fun at her faith. 

“They’re basically fighting a major religion in our country,” Trump told reporters. 

Barrett, a former Notre Dame law professor, is meeting with senators this week and will begin confirmation hearings on Oct. 12. Republicans are aiming to vote on her nomination before the Nov. 3 election. 

Judicial Crisis Network is among a handful of conservative groups spending millions of dollars supporting Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Americans for Prosperity, Susan B. Anthony List and America First Policies all announced plans to spend millions on advertising campaigns after Trump announced Barrett as his choice on Saturday during a White House ceremony.