At the center of the attack on Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s adopted children, is the leftist group PAC NextGen America’s Managing Director, John Lee Brougher. He has single handedly brought in several Democrat U.S. Senators and Senate candidates into the smear campaign on her family.
Breibart News reports:
Before President Donald Trump even formally nominated Barrett to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left behind by the passing of the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Brougher leveled vicious personal smears against her, questioning the legitimacy of the adoptions she and her husband made of two children from Haiti.
“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,” Brougher wrote in a tweet. “Transracial adoption is fraught with trauma and potential for harm, and everything I see here is deeply concerning.”
After Breitbart News published the story, Brougher’s Twitter account was removed from the public and switched to private, hiding his comments from the American people. He was not the only person to level such a smear—another former Democrat staffer Dana Houle – who was chief of staff to Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT) and other former Democrat members – also did. Houle’s Twitter account was also hidden after the Breitbart News exposé and comments from Sens. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Josh Hawley (R-MO) ripping him for it.
While Houle is a high-level Democrat operative, Brougher is even more deeply connected, and the organization for which he works—NextGen America—is a critical group that could make the difference for Democrats in a number of a key Senate races this year and could have made the difference for Democrats in battleground races in previous years.
NextGen America is a leftist Super PAC funded by billionaire Tom Steyer. Steyer, who ran for president as a Democrat in the 2020 presidential primaries but lost, now supports the Democrat Party’s nominee former Vice President Joe Biden and his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA).
NextGen America did not reply to a press request from Breitbart News about Brougher’s comments about Barrett’s family, his hiding of his Twitter account, and whether the Democrat senators and candidates the group supports are in on it with Brougher in attacking Barrett’s adopted children.
Since the discovery of NextGen America’s managing director’s decision to call out these attacks on Barrett’s family, Democrat Senators who have worked with NextGen America in the past have remained silent on their intentions with the group moving forward. When specifically asked if they found Brougher’s attacks acceptable and if they would continue to accept help from the leftist group, they failed to respond.
Wendy Davis Silent as Former Staffer Smears Barrett’s Children https://t.co/6sm709U99t
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) September 26, 2020
Former Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS), who also, like Barrett, has adopted two children from Haiti and now is a senior adviser to Catholic Vote and Catholics for Trump, told Breitbart News in a SiriusXM channel 125 radio special after the president announced her as his selection that he was disgusted by the attacks.
“This is not just Twitter chatter from some people holed up in their basement,” Huelskamp said. “These are high-ranking Democrat Party officials who are going after her adopted children and suggesting they were somehow illegitimately taken from Haiti and somehow because she has a transracial family somehow they don’t like that. These are folks that are on the hill, you and I both know that usually the top person in the office is not the member of Congress, it’s the chief of staff. This [Houle] is a person that’s ran congressional campaigns and ran a gubernatorial campaign that’s making these statement. Then you mentioned the guy with NextGen America. That’s a billionaire presidential candidate and one of his top staffers who’s going after this. Occasionally, I guess I should be surprised by the lack of decorum, but they just have such hatred for strong women and they are grabbing at anything they can go after. They should be cheering on a family, a couple, that’s opened their home to two children from Haiti, including a special needs child, but this is despicable conduct that’s going on. It’s what you’d expect from the left. It’s all about destroying and defaming and tearing down, and what we see out of Amy Coney Barrett is she’s going to bring this country together. On one hand, you’ve got the burn-it-down caucus of the entire Democrat Party and on the other hand you’ve got Amy Coney Barrett, who represents the best of America. In that battle, I’ll take ACB any [day], and at the end of the day I think she’ll be confirmed. I also think it’s going to be the tide that raises numerous boats for election battles in the next 40 days or so, including for the president. She’s a great pick because she’s the right person for the job, but this is going to expose again how radical and extreme the Democrat Party has become and Joe Biden, whether he’s with it or not it’s his party, and they’re going to destroy the fundamental heart of America. Amy Coney Barrett is the one standing in the way.”