Democrats began smearing Judge Amy Coney Barrett on Friday night even before President Donald Trump formally nominates her to become the next Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, which he is expected to do on Saturday afternoon.

Dana Houle, a Democrat activist who was once a chief of staff on Capitol Hill to a Democrat lawmaker, tweeted Friday night that he hopes Barrett is investigated over the children she and her husband adopted from Haiti:

“I would love to know which adoption agency Amy Coney Barrett & her husband used to adopt the two children they brought here from Haiti.”


“So here’s a Q: Does the press even investigate details of Barrett’s adoptions from Haiti?” Houle wrote in a follow-up tweet. “Some adoptions from Haiti were legit. Many were sketchy as hell. And if the press learned they were unethical & maybe illegal adoptions, would they report it? Or not bc it involves her children”

In a third follow-up tweet, Houle added:

“Would it matter if her kids were scooped up by ultra-religious Americans, or Americans weren’t scrupulous intermediaries & the kids were taken when there was family in Haiti? I dunno. I think it does, but maybe it doesn’t, or shouldn’t.”

On his website, Houle obviously takes pride in being anti-conservative. According to his LinkedIn page, Houle is a former campaign manager to several top Democrats, specifically former Rep. Paul Hodes (D-NH) and current Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT). He was also Hodes’ chief of staff in Congress.  Houle writes about himself:

In Michigan I worked in organized labor, as a policy analyst in the legislature, and managed campaigns from state representative up to statewide office. Despite my love for Detroit, in 2005 I moved to Washington DC to do national politics. I’ve managed two winning campaigns against incumbent Republican Congressmen in New England, served as a chief of staff on Capitol Hill and managed races in Minnesota, Kansas and Louisiana. I’ve also been blogging about politics at various places since 2003.

Defenders step up

Several top Republicans quickly seized on Houle’s tweets, including Senators Josh Hawley (R-MO) and Tom Cotton (R-AR), who called the Democrat tactics of smearing Barrett and her family despicable.

After Hawley and Cotton hammered Houle for his smears of Barrett’s adopted children, Houle backed down and said in subsequent tweets he should nothing have said these things. 
[Editor’s note: It was necessary to put up screenshots of the tweets since it seems he has since restricted access to his Twitter account…!]

But while he said he should not have tweeted what he did, in several followup tweets, Houle resumed the attacks on Barrett and her family, seemingly forgetting his apology:

Also, on Friday, other Democrats joined the wolf pack in attacking her adopted children. John Lee Brougher, the managing director of NextGen America, wrote what are, in my opinion, ridiculously uncalled-for comments about Barrett’s adoption of children from Haiti in a Friday-night tweet:

As an adoptee, I need to know more about the circumstances of how Amy Coney Barrett came to adopt her children, and the treatment of them since.

Transracial adoption is fraught with trauma and potential for harm, and everything I see here is deeply concerning.

— John Lee Brougher (@johnbrougher) September 26, 2020

Coming to Barrett’s defense, however,  is Notre Dame political science professor Patrick Deneen.  Deneen, who was once a tenured professor at Notre Dame, slammed the vitriolic leftist attacks leveled against Judge Barrett and her children:

Desperate Dems

If anything, what we’re seeing is a clear demonstration of how things may go in the confirmation hearings. If we didn’t have the Kavanaugh debacle in the archives, it might come as more of a surprise, but with the Democrat track record, it seems as if we’re headed for a noisy showdown. Attacking Judge Barrett’s children is certainly a new low. 

I sincerely hope more of the Republicans bare their teeth the way Lindsey Graham did during the last hearing. It’s unlikely that we’ll see any Democrat “defectors,” but we can always hope. Knowing that (so far), there are enough votes to confirm her as-is, I think we must hold on to the hope that once again, the Democrats have overplayed their hand. Attacking special-needs children…?? REALLY?



DW and BJ are a senior retired couple working behind the scenes.
DW served first as editor, then editor-in-chief of, and as a contributing author.

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