In wake of news that President Trump planned to nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the vacancy left following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg last week, Dana Houle, who served as Chief of Staff for Democratic New Hampshire Rep. Paul Hodes and campaign manager for Hodes and for Democratic Connecticut Rep. Jim Himes, tweeted:
“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? Some adoptions from Haiti were legit,” Houle continued. “Many were sketchy as hell. And if press learned they were unethical & maybe illegal adoptions, would they report it? Or not bc it involves her children.”
In a 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 [sic] was family in Haiti? I dunno. I think it does, but maybe it doesn’t, or shouldn’t.”
He added, “I hope the adoptions were fully legit & ethical. I hope if press investigates that’s what [sic] find. But if the adoptions were sketchy, reporting it would really screw w the lives of her 2 adopted kids (& maybe the 5 bio kids too).”
Social media users reacted with fury, voicing their disgust at the attack on Barrett’s children.
Jonah Goldberg, editor-in-chief of The Dispatch, wrote: “I want to know what these people think Amy Coney Barrett’s sinister motive would be to adopt kids from Haiti. I mean spell it out. Even if you’re against interracial adoption, what makes you think she’s evil for doing it? I mean come on.”
The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway tore through Houle, writing: "’Nice children you've got. Shame if something happened to them.’ You know what you're doing is disgusting. You know it's indefensible and wrong. Stop doing it immediately. Have the barest amount of decency as a human and stop going after children for political reasons.”
Journalist Ian Miles Cheong slammed Houle in a tweet saying, “Utterly f*cking disgusting. Leave her family alone.”
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) responded, “Dem operative’s opening salvo at Judge Barrett: attacking her young children. This is twisted. Leave the kids alone.”
Barrett graduated from Notre Dame University Law School and also clerked for the late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia. She has seven children with her husband Jesse. Two of the children being targeted by Houle were born in Haiti.