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On the first day of the Senate confirmation hearings for President Joe Biden’s SCOTUS nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) criticized the Democratic Party for making the Supreme Court nomination about race.
Jackson has been at the center of controversy since Biden made good on his promise to nominate a black woman to the Supreme Court. Republican lawmakers, like Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), have scrutinized Jackson’s record as a judge who has lambasted the judicial system’s “unfair” treatment of convicted sex offenders.
Progressives, however, have used Jackson’s race as a defense against record critiques, calling any requests for the nominee’s LSAT score “textbook racism.”
“It is no longer the case that Supreme Court confirmation hearings are merely about qualifications…” Cruz said. “Our Democratic colleagues have abandoned that standard long ago. Our Democratic colleagues, then Senator Joe Biden, was perfectly happy to vote against John Robert, someone who was unquestionably qualified for the court. He was perfectly happy to vote against Sam Alito, someone who was unquestionably qualified for the court. And indeed, every member of our Democratic colleagues, who was here at the time, participated in the first ever filibuster of a Supreme Court justice on partisan lines with Justice Neil Gorsuch.”
Cruz said, “They did so for someone unquestionably qualified, but they had a political agenda,” noting “every one of them happily filibustered” Gorsuch.
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