The hearings for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson have just begun, but even before they started, Republicans were lobbing criticisms that sounded like thinly-veiled racist dogwhistles. Whoopi Goldberg isn’t letting them stand.
Even before President Joe Biden announced the name of his nominee, Republicans were on the attack, with complaints about his promise to nominate a Black woman to the court. They hinted that she would be inherently less qualified, and that he would choose someone for gender and skin color rather than for qualifications — though he made it clear from the beginning that qualifications would be the primary focus, and despite the fact that excluding people from various roles over skin color, regardless of qualification, has a long history in the United States.
Days before the hearings began, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell weighed in, downplaying the serious sexual assault accusations against Trump nominee Brett Kavanaugh as “what somebody wrote in a nominee’s high school yearbook,” and suggesting that Jackson’s failing would be that, as a former public defender, she might be “soft on crime,” and that a “special empathy for criminal defendants” could be an issue.
Here, Goldberg responds, pointing out that this sounds like a dogwhistle meaning that McConnell’s real concern is that Jackson might be sympathetic to the needs and struggles of Black people.
Whoopi Goldberg calls out Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for saying SCOTUS nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson has "special empathy for criminals":
"That sounds like code … It's code to tell you that she may be sympathetic to Black people." pic.twitter.com/TXvWeWR8E6
— The Recount (@therecount) March 21, 2022
“You know, I know you don’t mean this, but that sounds like code…its code, and it’s code to tell you that she may be sympathetic to Black people.”
McConnell’s full comments can be seen below, in a video clip via The Hill.
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