Tucker Carlson on Thursday continued his outrage at President Joe Biden’s pledge to appoint a black woman to the Supreme Court, this time questioning the qualifications of his nominee, Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, and insulting his name.
“So Kentanji Brown Jackson – a name even Joe Biden has trouble pronouncing – is he one of the best lawyers in the whole country?” said the Fox News host, mispronouncing Ketanji.
“We certainly hope so. This is Biden’s reason. To appoint her is one of her most serious constitutional duties.
“So maybe it’s time for Joe Biden to let us know what Kentaji Brown Jackson’s LSAT score was,” he said, again mispronouncing his name. “I wonder how she did the LSATs? Why doesn’t he tell us? That would definitely settle the question of whether she’s a once-in-a-generation legal talent, the next scholarly hand.
So much legal experts pointed outthe LSAT, the law school admissions test, has little or no relevance as a measure of proficiency in the legal field.
Carlson was furious with the president’s promise to appoint a black woman to replace retired judge Stephen Breyer, a move that will bring much-needed diversity to the court. Biden said in January that his pick would be of “extraordinary quality, character and integrity” and that the inclusion of a black woman on the Supreme Court was “long overdue.”
But according to Carlson at the time, Biden was confirming that a judge would not be chosen “on the basis of legal acumen, intelligence, shrewd judgment, or fidelity to the Constitution of the United States” but on ” gender and skin color.
It’s a classic playbook for Carlson, who is known for his racist and misogynistic dog whistles, often targeting powerful women of color. When Vice President Kamala Harris was first selected to be Biden’s running mate, Carlson also mispronounced her name several times, becoming visibly furious when corrected by a guest.
“I don’t remember Tucker wanting to know [Justice] Amy Coney Barrett’s test results. Or someone else’s. For some reason, he questions Brown Jackson’s intelligence. Or is he ‘just asking questions,'” former federal prosecutor Ron Filipkowski said. tweeted.
The “Opening Arguments” legal podcast noted the ridiculousness of Carlson’s metric for measuring suitability for the Supreme Court.
Jackson, a Harvard graduate, is currently a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Previously, she served as a judge in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia for eight years. She was also a former public defender and vice chair of the US Sentencing Commission, and she served as clerk for Breyer during the 1999-2000 Supreme Court term.