Senate confirmation hearings have begun for President Joe Biden’s SCOTUS nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson. The confirmation, however, is being criticized by some Republicans, namely Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz, who said that the Democratic Party is making the entire fiasco centered on race.
President Biden had made a promise during his campaign and multiple times thereafter that if he were to elect a judge to the top court, it would be a black woman.
Cruz noted that those asking for Jackson’s LSAT score were painting Republicans as racists.
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“It is no longer the case that Supreme Court confirmation hearings are merely about qualifications. 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,” said the Texas senator.
He continued: “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.”
“They did so for someone unquestionably qualified, but they had a political agenda,” saying that “every one of them happily filibustered” Gorsuch in his confirmation process.
“We will see Democrats in the media suggests that any senator that is skeptical of your nomination that questions you vigorously or that dares to vote against you must somehow harbor racial animus as if that were the standard.”
Cruz pointed to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s filibustering of Judge Janice Rogers Brown, by Democrats, who he said was a “very qualified African American woman nominated to the DC Circuit.”
“And they did so precisely because they wanted to prevent Judge Brown from becoming Justice Brown, the first African American woman. Joe Biden was among the Democrats, filibustering the first African American woman nominated to the DC Circuit,” said Cruz.