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Harris: 'Insulting' to suggest she or Biden would attack someone for their faith

Harris: 'Insulting' to suggest she or Biden would attack someone for their faith
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Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisSenate GOP's campaign arm rakes in M as Georgia runoffs heat up Biden, Harris to sit with CNN's Tapper in first post-election joint interview The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Capital One — Giuliani denies discussing preemptive pardon with Trump MORE on Wednesday shot back at Vice President Pence after he accused Democrats of targeting Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney BarrettCuomo likens COVID-19 to the Grinch: 'The season of viral transmission' Conservative justices seem prepared to let Trump proceed with immigrant census plan for now For Thanksgiving, the Supreme Court upholds religious liberty MORE over her Catholic faith, calling it "insulting."

"Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump alludes to possible 2024 run in White House remarks Tiger King's attorney believes they're close to getting pardon from Trump Cruz urges Supreme Court to take up Pennsylvania election challenge MORE and I are both people of faith, and it’s insulting to suggest that we would knock anyone for their faith," Harris said. "And in fact Joe, if elected, will be only the second practicing Catholic as president of the United States."

Harris's remark came in response to Pence expressing hope that Barrett receives a fair hearing and that she is not subject to "the kinds of attacks on her Christian faith that we saw before."

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The vice president was referring to comments from Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinCriminal justice groups offer support for Durbin amid fight for Judiciary spot Bottom line Incoming Congress looks more like America MORE (D-Calif.) during Barrett's 2017 confirmation hearing for a seat on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals when the senator said "the dogma lives loudly within you," a remark conservatives seized on as an attack on Barrett's Catholic faith.

Harris, also a senator from California, previously questioned a separate judicial nominee, Brian Buescher, about his involvement with the Catholic group Knights of Columbus, prompting claims of anti-Catholic bias.

Pence's criticism is part of a broader effort to paint Democrats as anti-Catholic in regards to Barrett, but Democrats have been careful to avoid questioning Barrett's faith since she was nominated to the Supreme Court, instead focusing on her judicial views and portraying her as a threat to health care and reproductive rights.

Harris's retort was notable given President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump alludes to possible 2024 run in White House remarks Trump threatens to veto defense bill over tech liability shield Tiger King's attorney believes they're close to getting pardon from Trump MORE has attempted to attack Biden on religious grounds, claiming in August that Biden would "hurt the Bible" and "hurt God."

"Joe Biden's faith is at the core of who he is; he's lived it with dignity his entire life, and it's been a source of strength and comfort in times of extreme hardship," Andrew Bates, a spokesman for the Biden campaign, said in a statement at the time.