A "Women for Amy" 12-state bus tour organized by conservative group Concerned Women for America stopped in Washington, D.C., on Monday to hold a prayer event and show support for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett on the first day of her confirmation hearing.
"We were lining the streets on Constitution Avenue and welcoming her so that she knew there was support for her and women of faith in support of her nomination," Concerned Women for America President and CEO Peggy Young Nance told the Christian Post. "The second thing is we were praying. We're praying for our nation, we're praying for the Supreme Court, we're praying for the Barrett family. We learned from the [Brett] Kavanaugh nomination that these can be very chaotic hearings and that there is true spiritual warfare around these nominations."
The bus, which already has traveled to Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia, is painted pink and bears a large image of Barrett and the words "Another Great Justice." The group also plans to stop in Arizona, Texas, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Iowa, and Missouri.
The Women for Amy bus stopped in front of the U.S. Capitol Building Monday, and supporters flocked to the bus to take photos with it. Some chanted "Amy" and "Fill that Seat."
Nance voiced her excitement at the prospect of having a conservative woman on the Supreme Court, and said none of the prior or current female justices on the court have been conservatives. Sandra Day O'Connor, Nance said, was a moderate, while late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a liberal, as are sitting justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor.
She also criticized what she called "religious bigotry that has been on display around this nomination." In particular, comparing Barrett to a "handmaiden," as liberal media outlets and others have done, does not fit with the judge's life, Nance noted.
"The notion of handmaiden suggests that Amy Coney Barrett opposes women in leadership when the reality is she's working as hard as she can to be a woman leader," she said. "It is the other side who is trying to hold her back."