During her Senate confirmation hearings, Supreme Court candidate Ketanji Brown Jackson was chastised by Donald Trump for refusing to define the term “woman.” Trump jumped on the hot-button subject during a rally in Commerce, Georgia on Saturday night, which has sparked controversy in the wake of transgender swimmer Lia Thomas’ NCAA triumph.
‘The left has gone so radical that a Supreme Court justice is being nominated who stated under oath that she couldn’t define what a woman is,’ Trump added. ‘If she can’t even define a woman.’ according to the daily mail.
What makes you think she can be trusted to tell you what the Constitution is? ‘A party that refuses to acknowledge that men and women are biologically different, in violation of all science and human history,’ Trump continued, ‘should not be anywhere near the levers of power.’
Under questioning from Republicans, Jackson repeatedly declined to define the term “woman” at Senate hearings this week. ‘Physical disparities between men and women are lasting,’ Senator Marsha Blackburn said at Tuesday’s session, quoting late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The two sexes are not fungible. A community made up exclusively of one sex is different from a community composed of both.’ ‘Do you agree with Justice Ginsburg that there are physical differences between men and women that are enduring?’ the senator asked.
When Jackson claimed she had never heard the quote, Blackburn asked directly: ‘Can you define the word ”woman”?’ ‘Can I provide a definition?’ Jackson responded. ‘No, I can’t,’ she declared, before adding: ‘I’m not a biologist.
Conservative commentators and elected Republicans have seized on the topic in their attack of Jackson, maybe because she differs from the majority of Americans on the subject. Republicans have also criticized Jackson’s sentence decisions in a few cases involving severe sex offenses or child pornography.
Republicans targeted seven child porn cases out of Jackson’s 100 sentencings during her eight years as a trial judge, believing her punishments were too light. The American Bar Association’s assessors, on the other hand, dismissed such concerns, claiming there is “no evidence” to support assertions that Jackson’s sentencing procedures are out of the ordinary, and arguing that she is well suited for the Supreme Court.
In the case of Supreme Court candidate Ketanji Brown, there was also an 18-year-old pedophile at the center. Jackson said before the Senate that he was surprised to see his name in the news, but that what he done was “monstrous.” Wesley Hawkins, now 27, was frantically seeking for a new job in Washington, D.C., as Senate lawmakers were debating his case in a nationally televised SCOTUS hearing.
After hearing her name in the news a few weeks ago, he was aware that Jackson, 51, the judge who had sentenced him to three months in jail and ten years on the sex offender register for child pornography in 2013, was before Congress as a Supreme Court candidate.
He knew it was her after viewing her image, but he didn’t think much about it, according to The Washington Post. Hawkins is still in astonishment that his case, which garnered little local coverage over a decade ago, was being addressed in the heart of the nation’s Capitol and that his name was being spoken in front of Congress while Jackson faced criticism for her alleged leniency toward sex offenders.
Despite Republican opposition, Jackson’s confirmation looks to be a done deal in the Senate, which is equally split. Senator Joe Manchin indicated on Friday that he intends to vote in support of Jackson, paving the way for President Joe Biden’s historic nominee’s confirmation. However, Democratic chances of winning substantial Republican support for Jackson’s nomination look to be dwindling.
The West Virginia Democrat was a vital vote to keep an eye on since he has gone against his party’s major domestic agenda. However, he has yet to vote against any of Biden’s judicial nominations, and he has stated that he will support Jackson, who would be the first African-American woman to serve on the Supreme Court.
‘I am certain that Judge Jackson is superbly qualified and possesses the temperament required to serve as our nation’s next Supreme Court Justice,’ Manchin said in a statement released following four days of Senate Judiciary Committee hearings. Her great love of our state and devotion to public service were plainly obvious,’ he added, noting that her family has spent time in West Virginia.
With Manchin’s declaration, Jackson appears to have the backing of all 50 Senate Democrats. Senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, who has voted against vast parts of Biden’s domestic agenda with Manchin, has yet to say if she would back her. However, she has backed all of President Trump’s judicial nominees, including Jackson’s nomination to the federal appeals court last year.
In a 50-50 Senate, an unified Democratic caucus would ensure Jackson’s confirmation, since Vice President Kamala Harris could break a tie. Nonetheless, Democrats are unlikely to confirm her with a strong bipartisan majority, putting an end to Biden’s aspirations for a fresh start following acrimonious disputes over prior Supreme Court choices.