Sen. Marsha Blackburn shared an altered photo of Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse during Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Senate hearing, showing him holding a photo of billionaire George Soros underneath the caption “Dark Money.”
“Here @SenWhitehouse, I fixed it for you,” Blackburn tweeted, accompanied by an altered photo from the hearing.
— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) October 13, 2020
A doctored caption on the picture reads, “George Soros Is Funding Radical Left Activists.”
Soros is a billionaire philanthropist with a history of donating to liberal causes and campaigns. He has long been criticized by Republicans for his donations, to which Soros responded last year, saying he’s “proud of the enemies I have.”
“Their objections to Mr. Soros, 89, stem from his backing of liberal causes and super PACs that opposed Mr. Trump and supported Democratic candidates like Hillary Clinton, and his Open Society Foundation, which, funded by his billions, has supported democracy and human rights in some 120 countries, often opposing autocratic regimes,” the New York Times reported in 2019.
Blackburn’s tweet comes after Whitehouse displayed a presentation on “dark money’s” influence on the Supreme Court.
“In all cases, there’s big anonymous money behind various lanes of activity,” Whitehouse said Monday, holding up a sign showing the names of the Federalist Society and the Judicial Crisis Network.
“Eighty cases under Chief Justice Roberts that have these characteristics. One, they were decided 5-4, by a bare majority. Two, the 5-4 majority was partisan, in the sense that not one Democratic appointee joined the five. I refer to that group as the Roberts Five, it changes a little bit as with Justice Scalia’s death, for instance, but there has been a steady Roberts Five that has delivered now 80 of these decisions. And the last characteristic of them is that there is an identifiable Republican donor interest in those cases, and in every single case that donor interest won.”
Whitehouse: “The Republican party platform tells us to look at how they want judges to rule to reverse Roe, to reverse Obamacare cases, and to reverse Obergefell and take away gay marriage. That is their stated objective and plan. Why not take them at their word?” pic.twitter.com/TK993VvC7v
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 13, 2020
Blackburn’s tweet was met with pushback from some who accused her of anti-Semitism.
Just say you hate Jews. Why bother with this photoshop “humor?”
— BenDavid Grabinski+ (@bdgrabinski) October 13, 2020
Blackburn’s office did not immediately respond to the claims of anti-Semitism.
Other Republicans joined Blackburn in sharing photoshopped images of Whitehouse’s presentation, including Sen. Tom Cotton.
Same energy. pic.twitter.com/JWxR7SA23Y
— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) October 13, 2020
Original Author: Emma Colton