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The country reacts to Sen. Marsha Blackburn’s line of questioning during Judge Kentanji Brown Jackson’s Supreme Court hearings.

The country reacts to Sen. Marsha Blackburn’s line of questioning during Judge Kentanji Brown Jackson’s Supreme Court hearings.
Kentanji Brown Jackson. Credit: Carolyn Kaster / AP

The confirmation hearings for Kentanji Brown Jackson began on Monday and, as of course, Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee were a lil…. eh, shall we say “concerned”, about Joe Biden’s pick to replace Stephen Breyer on the Supreme Court.

Insert Senator Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee…. Ol Marsha sat up there and implied to Judge Brown Jackson, a Black woman, that white privilege doesn’t exist in America. The same America that’s had 114 justices have a seat on the highest court in the land, and only two of them have been Black.

“You serve on the board of a school that teaches kindergartners, fiver-year old children, that they can choose their gender, and that teaches them about so-called white privilege…”– Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-TN

Sen. Marsha Blackburn. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, Pool

Blackburn continued to dwell on critical race theory, which seemed to be the GOP’s culture-war topic of the day. “You have praised the 1619 Project, which argues the U.S. is a fundamentally racist country, and you have made clear that you believe judges must consider critical race theory when deciding how to sentence criminal defendants,” she said. “Is it your personal hidden agenda to incorporate critical race theory into our legal system?”

Speaking of race and culture wars, Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina spent most of his opening statement cryin bout how Democrats treated Justice Brett Kavanaugh when he was a nominee after he was credibly accused of rape. He also displayed the same concern all the other Republicans seemed to have; that Jackson’s skin color had more to do with her nomination than her credentials. “I want the Supreme Court to look more like the country, but I want it to operate within the confines of the Constitution,” he said.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. (Ken Cedeno/Pool via AP)

The crazy thing is, the GOP keeps sayin they are concerned that Judge Brown Jackson may not be qualified enough, but if confirmed, she would be the ONLY active Supreme Court justice to have attended an Ivy League law school, clerked for a Supreme Court justice, served as a public defender, served on the sentencing commission, served as a U.S. District Court judge, and served as a U.S. Court of Appeals judge. If that don’t make her qualified, then somebody tell me what does?

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