DEMOCRAT Senator Mazie Hirono has been blasted for asking Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett if she has ever sexually assaulted anyone – a swipe at previous nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

The Hawaii Senator asked Barrett the question during Tuesday's tense hearing in Washington.

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"Since you have become a legal adult, have you ever made unwanted requests for sexual favors, or committed any physical or verbal harassment or assault of a sexual nature?" Hirono asked.

"No, Senator Hirono," Barrett, who was picked for the court by President Donald Trump.

Hirono continued: "Have you ever faced discipline or entered into a settlement related to this kind of conduct?"

Barrett replied: "No, Senator."

Hirono asked a similar question to Kavanaugh in July 2018, after he was nominated as a Supreme Court judge.

During his hearing, Kavanaugh faced a barrage of questions about sexual assault allegations made by Christine Blasey Ford.

Hirono asked Kavanaugh: "Since you became a legal adult, have you ever made unwanted requests for sexual favors or committed any verbal or physical harassment or assault of a sexual nature? Have you ever faced discipline or entered into a settlement related to this kind of conduct?"

However, posing the same questin to Barrett left many watchers fuming.

"Are they really going here???" one asked.

Another user tweeted: "Her question of whether ACB had ever committed sexual assault proves how vile the left is. Unbelievable."

Some were also fine with the question.

"Why are people so outraged by the sexual assault question?" one person said on social media.

During the second hearing, Barrett calmly batted away questions from Democrats before holding up a blank pad to show she did it all without notes.

The 48-year-old judge was hailed as unflappable as she faced an 11-hour grilling over her views on abortion, health care and the peaceful transfer of power after the election.

With her family sitting behind her, Barrett refused to be drawn on her personal views and insisted she would decide cases "as they come".

Firmly, she said: "Judges can't just wake up one day and say I have an agenda".

She also brushed aside Democrats' questions about the upcoming election, tell them she won't allow herself to be "used as a pawn".

Republicans are rushing to install a 6-3 conservative majority in the court ahead of the election on November 3 following the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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