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Four days of Senate Judiciary Committee hearings for Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson have wrapped up and a stunning political embarrassment for President Joe Biden appears to be a serious possibility.
On Thursday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell dealt a serious blow to the left’s hopes that the D.C. Appeals Court judge would be the first black woman to be seated on the nation’s highest court when the Kentucky Republican announced that he will be voting against KBJ’s confirmation.
The influential Republican took to the Senate floor to deliver remarks that could open the door for other conservative lawmakers who were unimpressed with the nominee’s evasive answers to probing questions on her views on Critical Race Theory, her history of leniency for pedophiles using the internet to exchange child porn images, the bizarre refusal to go on record on what she believes that a woman is and other concerning matters including court-packing, which McConnell addressed.
No big surprise as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says on the floor, "I cannot and will not support Judge Jackson for a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court."
McConnell, straight-faced, says he "went in to the Senate's process with an open mind." pic.twitter.com/9dnLdb91SY
— The Recount (@therecount) March 24, 2022
According to McConnell, “The Judiciary Committee has completed its hearing for Ketanji Brown Jackson, I enjoyed meeting the nominee, I went into the Senate’s process with an open mind but after studying the nominee’s record, and watching her performance this week, I cannot and will not support Judge Jackson for a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court.”
“First, Judge Jackson refuses to reject the fringe position that Democrats should try to pack the Supreme Court,” he said. “Justice Ginsburg and Justice Breyer had no problem denouncing this unpopular view and defending their institution. I assumed this would be an easy softball for Judge Jackson, but it wasn’t.”
McConnell also tweeted his opposition to Judge Brown Jackson.
“I went into the Senate’s consideration of Judge Jackson’s nomination with an open mind,” he wrote. “But after studying the nominee’s record and watching her performance this week, I cannot and will not support Judge Jackson for a lifetime appointment to our highest Court.”
I went into the Senate’s consideration of Judge Jackson’s nomination with an open mind.
But after studying the nominee’s record and watching her performance this week, I cannot and will not support Judge Jackson for a lifetime appointment to our highest Court.
— Leader McConnell (@LeaderMcConnell) March 24, 2022
According to a Politico report, “Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told Republicans at a Thursday party lunch that Jackson’s nomination is ‘more controversial than expected,’ according to people briefed on the lunch. It was a sign of hardening opposition from GOP leaders.”
Politico also signaled more trouble for Biden’s nominee from other influential Republican senators, most notably, Lindsay Graham of South Carolina who engaged Jackson in a heated exchange over her inconsistent sentencing for child porn traffickers.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) March 24, 2022
“I haven’t asked any Republican not to vote for Judge Jackson. They can make their own mind up. I’ve been getting a lot of questions about the hearing,” Graham said in an interview, according to Politico. “I’ve been giving them my two cents worth.”
“All I can say is that your view of how to deter child pornography is not my view,” Graham told her during one heated exchange, “I think you’re doing it wrong. And every judge who does what you’re doing is making it easier for the children to be exploited.”
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