TV news icon Dan Rather lambasted Republican senators for the line of questions many of them directed at Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, President Biden’s nominee for the Supreme Court, during his committee hearings Senate Judiciary last month.
“The treatment of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson by most Republican senators is beyond shame,” rather said in a tweet posted on Monday evening.
During Jackson’s hearings, GOP senators like Ted Cruz (Texas), Josh Hawley (Mo.) and Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.) grilled Biden’s choice for the High Court over the sentences she handed down against defendants in child pornography cases, asked her about critiques of race theory and gender studies in the classroom and pressed her on the “definition” of a woman.
Democrats on the committee defended Jackson’s credentials and expressed dismay in response to GOP attacks directed at the judge.
“I hear from people, not just black women, telling me their stories of having to walk into a room where you are more qualified than the people judging you and having to endure the absurdities of disrespect. that we saw Judge Jackson endure,” Sen. Cory Booker (DN.J.) said Monday.
Some media pundits speculated during the hearings that Hawley and others were using the attacks on Jackson’s record in the child pornography cases as a dog whistle for the QAnon conspirators, who falsely claim that the Democrats of Washington and other prominent liberals are part of the child sex rings.
Since leaving the news business full-time, he has used his social media accounts to lambast former President Trump as well as his allies in Congress and in the conservative media.
A trio of moderate GOP senators, Mitt Romney (Utah), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Susan Collins (Maine), have indicated they will vote to confirm Jackson.
A full vote on Jackson’s confirmation is expected by the end of the week.