Female lawyer slammed for criticizing Amy Coney Barrett's 'inappropriately casual' outfit & telling her to wear a jacket

A FEMALE lawyer was slammed for criticizing Amy Coney Barrett's "inappropriately casual" outfit and telling her to wear a jacket.

Leslie McAdoo Gordon's cruel commentary was triggered when Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett showed up to her first confirmation hearing on Monday – wearing a magenta-colored dress.

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Barrett, a 48-year-old federal appeals court judge, had attended the hearing with her husband and six of their seven children.

The nomination of the Honorable Amy Coney Barrett to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States is scheduled to take place on October 15.

Barrett would replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who passed away in September, on the nation's highest court.

Gordon took to Twitter on Monday afternoon to ridicule the outfit Barrett chose to wear to th hearing.

She wrote: “Women lawyers & judges wear suits, including dresses with jackets, for work.

"It is not a great look that ACB consistently does not.

"No male judge would be dressed in less than correct courtroom attire. It’s inappropriately casual."

Gordon also mocked Barrett over her "horrific" mask.

"That should have been flatly rejected. Put up plexiglas if need be; that's what the courts are doing," she wrote, alongside a photo of Barrett wearing a black face mask.

Her commentary prompted thousands of critics to disagree.

One of her critics wrote: "You'd be eviscerated on this garbage website if you said that about a liberal woman."

Another tweeted: "The one thing Leslie has proven tonight is that she is petty and jealous."

"Leslie, I spent many years in circles where how a woman dressed was subjected to the most nitpicky, condescending, and self-righteous examination," another Twitter user wrote.

"All as a means of controlling us. With all due respect, this tweet sounds very much like those legalistic control-freaks."

Another said: "Lady lawyer, here. Litigator, in fact, so have been in court most of my career. Suits not required – just dress professionally.

"Moreover, she isn’t in court. The dress is perfectly appropriate and flattering."

One woman stated: "I absolutely disagree! That is a professional dress, needing no jacket.

"But note, my disagreement is NOT re wearing appropriate attire! I often criticize journalists and talking heads for wearing bar or cocktail attire on camera.

"And women push the envelope b/c men are too afraid to call us out. BUT there are professional dresses and that is one."

As the social media backlash continued, Gordon stood up for herself in a series of tweets.

Gordon replied: "She should be dressed to reflect the position is the point."

"Commenting on the appropriateness of attire is very different from commenting on someone’s person," she responded to another tweet.

"Be a better person than that, if you can."

Striking back at a Twitter using suggesting Gordon hates Barret, she wrote: "I don’t hate her. I support her nomination & confirmation.

"That doesn’t change the fact that this outfit is not formal enough for this situation."

Gordon tweeted back to another: "What helps women is to look like a judge when you are one & to show the correct level of respect to the office thru your attire. This is too casual w/o a jacket."

She later added: "You can all clutch your pearls if you want to, but we all know that if a male nominee had showed up w/o a jacket or w/o a tie or in a turtleneck, he’d be criticized for being too casual.

"So spare me your sexist faux outrage."

Who is Amy Coney Barrett?

Amy Coney Barrett, 48, was born in 1972 and raised in New Orleans.

She is the eldest child of seven siblings. Her father worked as an attorney for Shell Oil Company.

She earned her undergraduate degree in English literature in 1994 at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn.

She then graduated from Notre Dame University Law School, and clerked for conservative icon Justice Antonin Scalia.

She taught at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana for 15 years, before being appointed to her current role as a circuit judge on the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in 2017.

Ms Barrett is married to former federal prosecutor Jesse M. Barrett who currently serves as a partner at law firm SouthBank Legal in South Bend, Indiana.

The couple live in South Bend with their seven children ranging in age from eight to 19.

Two were adopted from Haiti and one child has Down Syndrome and special needs.

She is also reportedly a member of People of Praise: a small, tightly knit Christian group which was founded in 1971 in South Bend, Indiana.

Members support each other through weekly meetings, religious teaching, Scripture readings, and prayer.

Controversially, the group is said to teach that husbands are the heads of their wives and should take authority over the family.

On Tuesday morning, Gordon said she thought it was "hilarious" how people have responded to her tweet.

"Half think I’m a lib & that’s my argument against her. The other half think I’m a con 'shaming' her," she tweeted.

"Neither looks at the other & says, 'Wait a minute.' Then there’s the ones who comment on my hair."

Later in the day, Barrett was seen at her second confirmation wearing a red dress and heels.

On Monday, the Senate Judiciary Committee kicked off four days of statements and testimony about Barrett in an environment that has been altered by the coronavirus pandemic.

Some senators were taking part remotely, and the hearing room itself was arranged with health concerns in mind.

Republicans appear to have the votes to confirm Barrett to a lifetime seat on the Court.

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