Live from Virginia Tuesday morning on The John Fredericks Show – weekdays on WNTW AM 820/ FM 92.7 – Richmond, WJFN FM 100.5 – Central Virginia, WMPH AM 1010 / FM 100.1 / FM 96.9 (7-9 PM) Hampton Roads, WBRG AM 1050 / FM 105.1 – Lynchburg/Roanoke and Weekdays 6-10 am and 24/7 Stream – host Fredericks welcomed Repubclian US State Senator of Tennessee, Marsha Blackburn to the program.
During the show, Blackburn discussed what inspired her to write her new book The Mind of a Conservative Woman: Seeking the Best for Family and Country and her opinions of the two potential SCOTUS women nominees. Later on, she addressed the violent mobs and urged those with differing opinions to come to the public square for a debate.
Fredericks: Senator Blackburn it’s always an honor to have you on.
Blackburn: It is so good to be with you, thank you so much. And my goodness, get out of New York without any problems. My friends that live there say they cannot believe it. They talk regularly about how everyone can’t get over the poor job that DeBlasio has done through the pandemic.
Fredericks: Well it’s like escape from New York, Senator Blackburn. You know you come here and it’s like a ghost town. He’s shutting the entire city down, it’s going into bankruptcy. You still can’t go into a restaurant. Most businesses are closed. When I got to Penn Station, I took Amtrak on Sunday night, normally it takes about 30 minutes to get a cab in the cab line. But on Sunday night it took me 30 minutes, because there are no cabs on the street. There are no cars. It’s empty. There’s no one there. It’s like a ghost town. It’s incredible. I don’t know what DeBlasio intends to do. Who’s going to pay these bills, or how he expects people to live. But the city is gripped in fear.
I’ve never seen anything quite like this ever, senator. Let’s get to the Supreme Court and the potential choice of the president on Friday or Saturday. He says it’s going to be a female. Senator Blackburn, can we get a Supreme Court nominee confirmed before November 3rd?
Blackburn: Absolutely we can get this nominee confirmed. Bear in mind, the process is generally about a 60-day process. Kavanaugh took 89 days. We also know that it is sometimes as short as John Paul Stephens, which was 19 days. But John the one thing that we need to keep in mind is that the president and the Senate will do their constitutional duty as they have in election years 29 previous times.
You would have to go back to 1888 to find a time when the president and the Senate of the same party left a vacancy on the Supreme Court. So no, we will fill this. We will do our due diligence. We’re going to be thorough and thoughtful. We’re going to put forward a nominee. We’re going to call the vote. We’re going to confirm the nominee.
Fredericks: Tell me about who you think the president is going to choose. Obviously he said it was a woman, the Catholic, who’s my choice. I’m Catholic also. Amy Coney Barrett seems to be the front runner. But he says there’s a top-five choice. Do you have any thoughts at all on that, Senator Blackburn?
Blackburn: Amy Coney Barrett would be a stellar choice. What a wonderful and remarkable life story. Another is Barbara Lagoa from Florida, who was the first Cuban-American woman on the floor of the Supreme Court. And when she went through her confirmation for the circuit court, she received 80 votes on the Senate floor.
So it would be very difficult for those senators to then turn around and vote against her for a Supreme Court nomination. And I think they’re probably two of the top. You’ve got Joan Larson out of Michigan, who is also one who is up for consideration, and has quite a stellar record.
I would be comfortable with either choice. But you know I think that one thing we have to realize is regardless of who of those three were to move forward, what we know is that the Democrats are going to do what they always do to conservative women.
And as you know, John, I just wrote a book about this, and they are going to absolutely skewer that conservative female that gets put forward for the Supreme Court because the left does not think that conservative women have a voice that deserves to be heard.
And if you’re pro-life, pro-family, pro-religion, pro-business, pro-military they want to quiet you and not let that voice be heard. Not have that discussion. They would like for women to be of the left and vote in a monolithic block.
Fredericks: Well senator, you certainly have been at the forefront of this for a long time, both being in the House and Congress. We’ve followed your career, you’ve been on my show many times, and I want to thank you for that. Senator Marsha Blackburn with us and has a book out called The Mind of a Conservative Woman: Seeking the Best for Family and Country.
You can get it on Amazon or your favorite bookstore. She says she wants to reject our society’s liberal bias against conservative women and learn how traditional principles will secure a better future. So senator, very quickly what was your inspiration for the book?
Blackburn: My inspiration for the book came from working with women across this country who are in the public eye, and maybe they’re in elective office, or they are working in a business or they speak up in their community. And they would always say you know, Marsha, there seems to be a bias from the media and from the public square against conservative women, and how do we fight back?
How do we represent ourselves? And now as we are in the Supreme Court battle, you see it crystallizing for so many people, because before the nominee’s name is said, before she is presented, then already they are pushing back on having a female who is a jurist who comes from the right.
And having that voice heard on the Supreme Court. And they continue to push back on this. So the inspiration really is the women that I’ve served with. And Speaker Gingrich wrote the foreword for the book, and I dedicated it to the conservative women that I’ve served with at the local, state and federal level.
This country and freedom are worth fighting for. And it is important that conservative women get in that fight. And in this time of finding a Supreme Court nominee and confirmation vote, we need to be certain that conservative women are speaking up. So this book is a great how-to guide.
Fredericks: Senator Blackburn, I want to get to the mobs and Lindsay Graham. On Monday morning, mobs were banging drums at his home at I think it was like 5 30 a.m.. But then they started banging on his door. Now, where are we going with this?
I mean he had the opportunity to call the capitol police, who dispersed the crowd. But his neighbors don’t have that opportunity. When are they going to come to Marsha Blackburn’s house? Or to anybody’s home that they don’t like. What do they do? Where are we going with this senator?
Blackburn: Well this is of concern to everyone. And of course, those of us that are on the judiciary committee and our staff and our families, we are looking very closely at security. You know the death threats. The personal harm threats that we and our families receive, and people going to a restaurant and people showing up and circling the restaurant and banging on windows and disrupting everyone.
Honestly, John, I don’t know what they think this accomplishes and what they think it does to further their cause. What it does is to cause people to say what do they think they are doing? And what right do they have to disrupt me? And if someone has wanted to have a discussion, come to the public square. Our nation and freedom and freedom’s cause have been well served for the last 244 years by having a robust, respectful political debate.
So come to the public square and present your case. Don’t get in my face and yell at me, or yell at my family, or yell at my colleagues. Come have a conversation and honor that tradition of debate in the public square. But do not go about with violence and lawlessness and these groups like Antifa. Don’t act in these radicalized manners.
Fredericks: So what do we do about it? I mean, because people see this, and I’ve got to be honest with you, senator, you look at what the mobs are doing going to people’s homes. And you’re in the suburbs, and a lot of people are texting me and calling in. When are they going to come to my neighborhood or to my house and what do I do?
I mean this is a real concern for real people when you have this sort of lawlessness, and you call the capitol police. But they’re not going to do anything, they say stand down. But an average person living in a suburb in Southern Maryland, Montgomery County, Northern Virginia, Richmond, Tennessee, Nashville, or wherever it may be. They don’t have that option. What do you do?
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