President Joe Biden’s Supreme Court nominee has a tough time answering a basic question most 5th graders would be able to answer.
Apparently, she cannot define what being a woman is because, “I am not a biologist.”
This is such a basic question, or at least it was until around 10 minutes ago, that there is even a quote from the movie “Kindergarten Cop” where one of the kids tells the undercover police officer posing as a teacher, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger that “boys have a penis and girls have a vagina.”
But this is a tough question for Ketanji Brown Jackson after she was questioned on the topic by Republican Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn.
The senator quoted the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who said, “Supposed inherent differences are no longer accepted as a ground for race or national origin classifications. Physical differences between men and women, however, are enduring. The two sexes are not fungible. A community made up exclusively of one sex is different from a community composed of both.”
Then the senator asked Brown, “Do you agree with Justice Ginsburg that there are physical differences between men and women that are enduring?”
“Senator, respectfully, I am not familiar with that particular quote or case, so it’s hard for me to comment as to whether or not,” the Supreme Court nominee said before th senator interrupted her and the conversation began,” Brown said.
“I’d love to get your opinion on that, and you can submit that. Do you interpret Justice Ginsburg’s meaning of men and women as male and female?
“Again, because I don’t know the case, I do not know how I’d interpret it. I’d need to read the whole thing,” the nominee said.
“Ok. And can you provide a definition for the word ‘woman’?” Blackburn said.
“Can I provide a definition?” Brown responded.
“No. I can’t,” the nominee said.
“You can’t?” Blackburn said quizzically.
“Not in this context. I’m not a biologist,” Brown said.
Sen. Marsha Blackburn asked Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to define what a “woman” is in a tense exchange during day one of Jackson’s SCOTUS confirmation hearing. Blackburn used the question to make a point about transgender athletes like Lia Thomas.https://t.co/MsjQExba8F pic.twitter.com/4J6gWMwQDE
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“So, you believe the meaning of the word ‘woman’ is so unclear and controversial that you can’t give me a definition?” the senator said.
“Senator, in my work as a judge, what I do is I address disputes. If there’s a dispute about a definition, people make arguments, and I look at the law and I decide,” the nominee said.
“The fact that you can’t give me a straight answer about something as fundamental as what a woman is underscores the dangers of the kind of progressive education that we are hearing about,” the senator said.