Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), ranking GOP member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, joined the ranks of “no” votes to confirm Biden Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson.
Grassley is the latest Republican who has said he won’t support Jackson.
“Having carefully studied her record, unfortunately I think she and I have fundamentally different views on the role of judges and the role that they should play in our system of government because of those disagreements I can’t support her nomination.”
Sen. Grassley said: “I have carefully reviewed Judge Jackson’s record and unfortunately, it seems that we hold fundamentally opposing views regarding the role of judges in this system of government. These differences are the reason I’m unable to support her nomination. pic.twitter.com/F1QLATvy09
— The Hill (@thehill) April 4, 2022
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Circling the Wagons
Democrats and the media tried their best to keep Judge Jackson safe from being asked tough questions by Republicans. On a recent appearance of MSNBC’s “Deadline,” Al Sharpton did what he does best, played the race card.
This was done to indicate that GOP Senators had asked racist questions:
“So when you look at the Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee that are still raising the same kind of bogus questions, it says that, yes, we have come a long way, but we’ve got a long way to go.”
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While shockingly, Sharpton did not give examples of any inappropriate questions asked by Republicans, he couldn’t help but subtly suggest that GOP Senators asking Judge Jackson about her judicial record was racist in nature.
“If you don’t believe it, just look at the hearings, not 100 years ago, but just last week,” Sharpton said. “When you ask a black woman who has that has passed everything you could imagine to show she’s qualified, whether or not she practices religion, is she religious on a scale of one to ten, then ask her about her about coloring book of a young white child and do you think he’s a racist and accuse her of dealing with Critical Race Theory, we still have a lot of work to do.”
The absurd idea that Judge Jackson was asking about her past and her judicial philosophy could endanger her life was also promoted by media pundits.
Far left journalist for The Nation, Elie Mystal accused Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) of trying to get Jackson “killed.”
“What Josh Hawley is doing, let’s let’s be very clear, what Josh Hawley is doing when he tries to do this, is he’s trying to get her killed. He is trying to get violence done against a Supreme Court nominee.”
CNN correspondent John Harwood backed Mystal’s comment with this:
The ambitious GOP senators are “playing to their base,” w/KBJ
The conservative Nat’l Review decries their actions as “meritless”.
They know of a man who fantasizes about Dems, child sex trading and fired an assault rifle at a DC pizzeria. It was in 2016.
political fun-and-games can get dangerous
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) March 24, 2022
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Scrutinizing Jackson’s Record
Republican senators quizzed Judge Jackson on her sentencing record and judicial philosophy. Her record shows that the sentencing she gave drug dealers and others convicted of sex offenses, including child pornography crime, has been more stringent than was required.
Jackson seems to be soft on law enforcement officers who are assaulted. After a three-time conviction for assaulting a cop officer, the prosecution recommended a sentence of 30 months. The defendant’s attorney asked for 21 months. Judge Jackson granted him 18 months.
But what has been most publicly scrutinized is Judge Jackson’s apparent soft spot for pedophiles and those convicted of sex crimes against children. Many times, Judge Jackson has failed to comply with minimum sentencing guidelines in several cases. She also rejected suggestions from probation departments and prosecutors that she give out lighter sentences.
Other issues are also associated with Judge Jackson. During the confirmation hearings, Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) asked the Judge if she could define the term “woman.” Judge Jackson said she could not because she is not a biologist.
Ironic to the extreme given President Biden’s pledge to Only consider black For womenThank you for your interest in the job.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), during an appearance on Newsmax asked a valid question concerning Judge Jackson’s difficulty in defining what a woman is. “If you can’t answer the question what is a woman or the definition of a woman, how is she going to adjudicate Title IX cases?”
Judge Jackson also said that, “I do not hold a position on whether individuals possess natural rights.”
.@RandPaulKetanji Jackson on Ketanji Brown: “If she can’t answer both the question of what constitutes a woman or define a woman, then how will she adjudicate Title IX matters?” @seanspicer @LyndsayMKeith
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— Newsmax (@newsmax) March 23, 2022
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Vote This Week
The vote on Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination is expected by the end of the week. So far, Senator Susan Collins (R.ME), seems to be the Republican who has defected.
Collins said that while she and Jackson were in disagreement on some of the issues that came up during the confirmation hearing, Collins said that Jackson “possesses the experience, qualifications, and integrity to serve as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court” and extolled her “sterling academic and professional credentials.”
Don’t forget the actions of Justice Thomas during his confirmation hearings. https://t.co/yK9hpTSHgd
— 🇺🇸 Tj Woot 🇺🇸 (@TjWoot) March 28, 2022