UPDATED 7:26 AM PT – Wednesday, March 23, 2022
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson said she cannot define the word “woman.” On the second day of her confirmation hearing, Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) asked Jackson a series of questions about gender.
Blackburn probed the judge about hot-button issues, including efforts to ban biological male students from playing on female teams. However, when Jackson was asked to define the word “woman,” the judge said she was not a “biologist.”
Judge Jackson can’t even define what a woman is. pic.twitter.com/G6OKMYR3Iy
— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) March 23, 2022
Blackburn went on to say Jackson’s inability to give a straight answer about something as fundamental as basic biology points to a much larger issue. Joe Biden’s nominee also went toe to toe with another GOP lawmaker over critical race theory.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) grilled the supreme court nominee judge on her association with the movement. jackson said she serves on the board of trustees for an elite Georgetown day school, which Cruz said has a curriculum that is “filled and overflowing with critical race theory.”
The Texas Republican brought out several props, singling out one of the books titled Antiracist Baby,” which argues babies are taught to be racist. Cruz. asked Jackson if she agreed with the book and after a long pause, she said equality and justice is at the core of the school’s mission.
Ketanji Brown Jackson, Biden’s nominee to the Supreme Court, sits on a school board that has a curriculum that brazenly promotes Critical Race Theory. pic.twitter.com/jNDNp3qC7g
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) March 23, 2022
Despite Jackson denying she has any involvement with the curriculum, the senator pointed out the school’s website indicates the Board of Trustees is, in fact, involved with executing their anti-racism action plan. Meanwhile, Jackson’s role at the elite day school was just one part of Cruz’s focus on critical race theory.
The senator questioned Jackson’s stance on the New York Times’s controversial 1619 Project, which recast the nation’s founding as the year when enslaved Africans first arrived in the colonies. She responded by saying she has never studied critical race theory nor has it ever come up in her work.
However, Cruz recited a 2015 speech made by Jackson, where she explicitly talks about the theory as a judge. Furthermore, several GOP members contested Jackson’s board position with Sen. Blackburn saying “it raises red flags.”
Two years ago, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson gave a speech at the University of Michigan Law School where she referenced the work of “acclaimed investigative journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones.”
The 1619 Project is complete revisionist history and it is propaganda. pic.twitter.com/DspPNyV14C
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) March 22, 2022
A simple majority is needed for her confirmation in an evenly divided Senate with Vice President Kamala Harris serving as the tie-breaker. If confirmed, Jackson would be the 116th justice and the sixth woman to serve on the high court.