Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin (D-IL) on Wednesday accused Republicans of attacking Supreme Court nominee Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson because of a “stereotype” against a “graduate from Harvard, black woman” during her confirmation hearing.
Durbin opened the third day of hearings by using his opening statement to attack Republicans for their questions the day before, implying they were motivated by racial and gender bias against the candidate.
“You’ve ruined their stereotype,” he said, accusing Republicans of trying to portray Judge Jackson as a politically and racially motivated criminal. “The endorsement of the Fraternal Order of Police and the International Association of Chiefs of Police does not match their stereotype of a Harvard graduate, a black woman who aspires to the highest court in the land.”
Notably, Judge Jackson herself declined to offer a definition of the word “woman” at the request of Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN).
Durbin told him that “your nomination has proven to be a testing ground for conspiracy theories and culture war theories.”
He also claimed, falsely, that Republicans attacked Judge Jackson’s family by scrutinizing the use of critical race theory at the Georgetown Day School on whose board she sits. He added, again incorrectly, that Republicans have said Judge Jackson should not have served as a public defender or represented Guantánamo Bay terrorist detainees.
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) specifically said he was not opposed to her offering her services, but to the policy of releasing terrorist inmates.
Durbin also tried, for the second day in a row, to undermine questions about Jackson’s record as a judge in criminal cases.
He attacked Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) for reviewing Judge Jackson’s sex offender file and claimed Hawley ‘refused to acknowledge’ that a judge he supported also deviated from determination guidelines punishment in a particular case, as if it were resolving issues. on Jackson’s decisions in a wide variety of cases and his stated opinions on the subject. Durbin tried to blame Congress for the lack of clarity in sentencing guidelines, saying Judge Jackson should not be held accountable.
Several Republicans stepped in to complain about Durbin’s “drafting” from the chair after their rounds of questioning.
Joel B. Pollak is editor of Breitbart News and host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot Sunday nights from 7-10 p.m. ET (4-7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent e-book Neither Free Nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. His latest book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is the winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.