Republicans know that Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is well-qualified for the Supreme Court, that she’s capable and intelligent, and that her confirmation will be a historic event for the United States. They still won’t support it.
In fact, they openly admit this. In the clip below, Senator Lindsey Graham acknowledges a long list of Jackson’s accomplishments, with a quick twist at the end to declare his ‘no’ vote, on a purely partisan political basis, despite it all.
this takes a turn at the end pic.twitter.com/txnBmSsPDp
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 4, 2022
“Judge Jackson has got a lot to be proud of. She’s accomplished a lot in her life, she’s a good person, I’m sure she’s a great mother, and a very gifted person. She’s fought hard to be where she’s at in life. I’ll vote no. First time I’ve ever voted against any Supreme Court nominee.”
Sure enough, Senate records affirm Graham’s votes, including his ‘yea’ votes for both Justice Elena Kagan and Justice Sonia Sotomayer, under President Barack Obama, before the Senate got into the business of denying a nominee a confirmation hearing.
Graham isn’t the only one, either. Watch Senator Roy Blunt trying to explain, over the weekend, why he thinks Jackson’s confirmation is worthy of celebration, but not something he will throw himself behind.
Roy Blunt on ABC says Ketanji Brown Jackson's confirming to SCOTUS will be "a high point for the country," but he won't support her. Asked why by Stephanopoulos, he offers a word salad. pic.twitter.com/QLjE4sDcMR
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 3, 2022
“The first Black woman on the Supreme Court. I think it’s time for that to happen. I was hoping I could be a part of that…she’s certainly qualified…I think will be a good colleague on the court, but the Judicial philosophy…I think she’s certainly gonna be confirmed, and I think it’ll be a high point for the country…I won’t be supporting her.”
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