Is he dumb or just completely racially insensitive? (Yes to both, of course.) ThinkProgress has the details:
“Some commentators have called this our Atticus Finch moment,” Cornyn continued. “We all remember that Atticus Finch was a lawyer who did not believe that a mere accusation was synonymous with guilt. He represented an unpopular person who many people presumed was guilty of a heinous crime because of his race and his race alone. We could learn from Atticus Finch now.”
The comparison fell flat. The character of Atticus Finch, as readers might remember, was defending a Black man from a white woman who had accused him of a rape he didn’t commit, in the Jim Crow South. The GOP are trying to ensure a privileged white judge gets an even more privileged position on the Supreme Court.