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WASHINGTON, D.C. (LifeSiteNews) – The U.S. Senate voted 51-41 Thursday to confirm President Joe Biden’s nomination of far-left Connecticut Supreme Court Justice Maria Araújo Kahn to the influential U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals, with the assistance of two Republican senators.

The Washington Free Beacon reports that Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina joined Democrats in voting to confirm Khan. Susans is a liberal Republican notorious for her support of abortion-on-demand; Graham is a moderate who has frustrated conservatives for years through his stances issues like illegal immigration and affirming Democrat nominees in the name of “bipartisanship” (though Graham has attempted to ingratiate himself to some on the right by attaching himself to former President Donald Trump).

The lawmakers crossed the aisle to back Kahn despite the judge’s history of statements raising serious questions about her commitment to freedom of speech.

In a 2020 ruling concerning a white man convicted of breaching the peace for using a racial epithet against a black parking attendant who ticketed him, Kahn expressed dismay that, because some groups are stereotyped as more or less docile than others, some speakers can “more readily and viciously verbally assault certain oppressed groups without fear of criminal prosecution.”

Kahn has also presided over numerous “diversity trainings” for law school students, one of which featured an animated video likening “microaggressions” (a catchall term for any action or inaction that can be perceived as insulting or offensive, however innocuous) to mosquito bites, making the case that cumulatively they can be dangerous and potentially even deadly. 

“Some mosquitoes carry truly threatening diseases that can mess up your life for years,” the video says. “And other mosquitos carry strains that can even kill you.”

Biden and Democrats have come under fire for various statements and actions calling into question their fealty to the First Amendment. On multiple occasions, the White House has openly admitted to urging social media companies to censor and/or limit the reach of factual information that conflicted with its positions on COVID-19, under the guise of protecting the public from “medical misinformation.”

Last month, Democrat U.S. Del. Stacey Plaskett of the U.S. Virgin Islands falsely claimed that “racist” or “hate” speech is not constitutionally protected, a left-wing belief that critics say opens the door to falsely labeling defensible views as “bigoted” in order to suppress them.