By Duncan Smith

There is no one quite like Sen. John Kennedy, the Louisiana Republican who is, in many ways, the polar opposite of the famous president with whom he shares a name.

He’s the king of congeniality but he’s also a master at choosing the most colorful, non-profane language to snap back at people who, shall we say, fail to conduct themselves in a respectful manner.

During Wednesday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearings to consider Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination, Kennedy ripped into a professor who claimed that she uses her adopted children as “props.”

'Some butthead professor at Boston University says that because you and your husband have two children of color, that you're a 'white colonist.' The implication is that you are a racist and that you use your two children as props. Do you use your children as props?' Kennedy asked, already knowing the answer.

Barrett responded gracefully, noting that the comments were 'deeply offensive and hurtful' and very much part of the reason she had to 'weigh the cost' of the nomination with her husband.

'It was the risk of people saying things like that which would be so hurtful to my family, that when I told Sen. Graham this morning that my husband and I really had to weigh the cost of this, it was saying deeply offensive and hurtful things, things that are not only hurtful to me but are hurtful to my children,” she said.

“[They] are my children who we love, and who we brought home and made part of our family, and accusations like that are cruel,” Barrett said.

Barrett and husband Jesse have seven kids in all, two of whom were adopted from Haiti.

The ‘butthead’ in question is Ibram Kendi, a professor at Boston University who tweeted the day Barrett was nominated, 'Some White colonizers 'adopted' Black children' and used them 'as props in their lifelong pictures of denial.'

Kendi added that many white people believe 'if they have or adopt a child of color, then they can’t be racist.'

Kennedy is right; only a butthead (and an obvious racist) thinks like this.

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