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WATCH: Ted Cruz Can’t Get Past Judge Jackson’s “I Never Studied CRT & Don’t Use It” Response

WATCH: Ted Cruz Can’t Get Past Judge Jackson’s “I Never Studied CRT & Don’t Use It” Response

Officially, the SCOTUS confirmation hearings are for the purpose of determining whether the nominee, in this case Ketanji Brown Jackson, is a qualified candidate who is appropriate to serve as a Supreme Court Justice. Anyone watching, though, could be excused for mistaking the proceedings as a right-wing grievance fest.

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When Ted Cruz (R-TX) decided that he wanted to discuss Critical Race Theory (CRT), for example, not even Judge Jackson’s assurance that she had not studied the discipline, does not use it in her judicial work, and would not be applying it from the Supreme Court bench if confirmed, was enough to deter him. If anything, it only resulted in a brief pause in his monologue.

“Senator, my understanding is that Critical Race Theory is an academic theory that is about the ways in which race interacts with various institutions. It doesn’t come up in my work as a judge. It was never something I’ve studied or relied on and it wouldn’t be something I would rely on if I was on the Supreme Court,” Jackson says.

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Cruz responds by launching into an explanation of CRT from his point of view, declaring it and the critical legal studies movement as “explicitly Marxist.”

“They find their origins in Marxism…Critical Race Theory frames all of society as a fundamental and intractable battle between the races. It views every conflict as a racial conflict. Do you think that’s an accurate way of dealing with society and the world we live in?”

“Senator, I don’t think so,” Judge Jackson responds, explaining again, “I’ve never studied Critical Race Theory and I’ve never used it. It doesn’t come up in the work that I do as a judge.”

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