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Who Is Ketanji Brown Jackson, Biden’s Supreme Court Nominee?

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The Senate Judiciary Committee is set to begin hearings for President Joe Biden’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, on Monday. But with a number of major domestic and foreign policy crises dominating the news, Jackson’s nomination has proceeded unusually quietly, meaning that many Americans still know precious little about Biden’s nominee.

Since Biden tapped Jackson as a replacement for Justice Stephen Breyer in February, Democrats have pulled out all the stops to portray Jackson in the most positive light possible, no doubt hopeful for a swift confirmation process that could turn the page on months of bad headlines for the Biden team. But even though Jackson’s potential confirmation would not alter the Court’s 6-3 conservative majority, her legal record and well-documented allegiance to left-wing causes have raised significant questions about her judgment, particularly as the liberal legal movement grows ever more authoritarian and divorced from basic legal principles outlined in the Constitution.

Since last June, Jackson has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, a post to which she was also appointed by Biden. Prior to that, she was a judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and Vice-Chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission. A graduate of both Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Jackson clerked for Justice Breyer—whom she is seeking to replace—and served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review. If confirmed, Jackson would be the first former federal public defender to sit on the High Court.

Jackson’s previous legal rulings have indicated that, if confirmed, she would be a reliable rubber stamp for some of the progressives’ top legal ambitions. During her time as a judge, for instance, Jackson allowed a constitutionally dubious program that established race-based preferences for government contracts to remain in place. Moreover, as the Daily Wire reported, Jackson “has repeatedly embraced champions of Critical Race Theory (CRT) in lectures and speeches while nodding to the progressive idea with the use of terms such as ‘microaggression.’” Given that the Court is expected to hear a hot-button case relating to affirmative action and the role of race in college admissions at Harvard, her alma mater, next term, Jackson’s commitment to identity politics should sound the alarm for conservatives and constitutional originalists.

As a federal judge, Jackson halted Trump administration programs that deported illegal aliens, blocked Trump’s executive orders aimed at holding employees of the federal government accountable, and wrote a fiery opinion compelling former White House Counsel Don McGahn to comply with a subpoena related to the Democrat impeachment crusade against Trump in 2019, discarding sensitive questions of separation of powers. A progressive immigration group has also lauded Jackson for her omission of words like “illegal” and “alien” in her immigration decisions.

As several Republican Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have been eager to note, Jackson is on record defending terrorists detained at Guantánamo Bay. Additionally, prior to her appointment as a federal judge, she signed onto an amicus brief authored by pro-abortion groups in support of a “buffer zone” near abortion clinics—targeting the First Amendment rights of pro-life Americans.

Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO), a Member of the Judiciary Committee, also recently pointed out what he called an “alarming” pattern relating to “Judge Jackson’s treatment of sex offenders, especially those preying on children”—including her advocacy for “drastic change in how the law treats sex offenders by eliminating the existing mandatory minimum sentences for child porn.”

When it comes to her legal and judicial temperament, Jackson’s record is just as concerning. As Ed Whelan wrote for National Review, Jackson “is not highly regarded as a judge” and “has a striking record of reversals by the D.C. Circuit—including by progressive judges—in her high-profile rulings.” This analysis hits at the heart of Jackson’s fitness to serve on the High Court, and seriously calls into question whether or not she is actually one of the nine best jurists in the entire country.

As the Judiciary Committee begins its questioning of Judge Jackson this week, they should make sure not to let these crucial areas of concern fly under the radar. Though Democrats are eager to cloak Jackson’s striking record of left-wing radicalism and her questionable legal judgments behind less significant qualities like her race and gender (Biden himself has made clear on several occasions that these are the two factors that drove Jackson’s nomination), GOP Senators should do everything in their power to bring her legal record and philosophy to center stage.

Even if Jackson is easily confirmed—a scenario that at this point seems likely—the American people have the right to know the kinds of jurists the Biden administration is seeking to appoint. Though the ideological composition of the Court may not hang in the balance, the future of the rule of law, the American constitutional order, and some of our nation’s most venerable legal traditions are ultimately at stake. If Republicans do their job during next week’s hearings, Americans will witness the latest instance of this troubling pattern for themselves.


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Denis MacLellan
3 months ago

Being a Canadian I should have no opinion on who you Americans appoint to the supreme court of America. But this woman as a judge has a despicable record of sentencing, is an obvious radical. Any person when asked What is a woman? Answers with a slur . I can’t answer that I am not a biologist although she’s a woman means is she may have a hidden agenda that she would bring to her judgemental Supreme Court cases. She should not be appointed. She is NOT representative of of americanism which means honesty and fairness.

Grammy
3 months ago

When a person is asked the same question repeatedly and they beat around the bush or don’t answer, that’s red flag. She’s too soft on pedofiles. Not a good candidate. That’s exactly why she will get voted in. Biden regime likes woke liberals. Dems will vote for her. All Bidens appointees are somewhat on the weird side.

GKailing
3 months ago

Urge all Senators to vote NO !

Phillip Ridenour
3 months ago

JAFRL

J. Cochrane
3 months ago

I have no idea what that means. So, no one knows what you said. Xyz

Jean Winter
3 months ago

She is racist as far as I am concerned…one sided….dump her!!!

BCC
3 months ago

Sounds like a shoe-in for the progressive, radical, socialist/communist party that call themselves democrats!

Barbara
3 months ago

We the people have very little say in things going on in DC, from a Supreme Court justice to the Ukraine. Our parties are at war themselves, as socialism is taking over. Our voting rights have been compromised so we don’t even have that. I do not trust our current leaders or mr Biden as he is feeble

Grammy
3 months ago
Reply to  Barbara

Biden is as crooked as a dogs back leg.

J. Cochrane
3 months ago
Reply to  Barbara

We all need to call our senators; and complain about her and tell them not to vote for her. Call anytime and just leave a voicemail for your senator.

Susan Miller
3 months ago

We do not need a SCOTUS who is dead against the Constitution. We’re do not need a blatantly racist on the Supreme Court. We must not allow someone who sides with the enemy of our country as well as pedophiles in a roll of such importance.There are other qualified people to choose from without dredging the bottom of the pond.

Shelly
3 months ago

We need real Men standing strong. Ask the HARD RIGHT QUESTIONS.

Jimmd
3 months ago

A lying sack of sh*t

Richard Gruyere
3 months ago
Reply to  Jimmd

Real mature

Robert Williams
3 months ago

I see her as an invaluable asset to American democracy and a stabilizing influence on a court that has shifted to the far, far right extremist view point! Its not too late to save our democracy, but its darn close!

Katy
3 months ago

We are a Republic.

Ray
3 months ago

Go back to rusdia commie boy!

Grammy
3 months ago

OMG. YOU’VE GOT TO BE KIDDING!!!!!

J. Cochrane
3 months ago

Unless you’re playing a joke on us, you are apparently pro abortion and do not care about infant babies being murdered. I will pray for you

tammany
3 months ago

“As several Republican Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have been eager to note, Jackson is on record defending terrorists detained at Guantánamo Bay.” Reading that quote is all you have to do to dismiss this entire article. To denigrate an attorney for doing their job, in this case acting as an assigned public defender, panders only to those who are ignorant of our legal system.

jcm
3 months ago
Reply to  tammany

you mean like those lawyers who were canceled for doing their job representing President Trump

Robert Williams
3 months ago
Reply to  tammany

John Adams defended the British soldiers who fired into the crowd of patriots at the Boston Massacre, because he believed that everyone was entitled to a proper defense in our system! You would overturn that precedence!

J.Cochrane
3 months ago

Since you are for this judge,who is pro CRT, you must also be against the nuclear family. boy, what’s the world coming to. dear Lord, please help America!

gnome
3 months ago
Reply to  tammany

Would you prefer the author concealed that “several Republican Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have been eager to note”.

There’s no getting through to some people is there?

Larkenson
3 months ago

Anti-White liberals and respectable conservatives that support unlimited third-world immigration and FORCED assimilation for EVERY White country and ONLY White countries say that they are anti-racist, but their policies will lead to a world with no White people i.e White Genocide.
Anti-racist is just a code word for anti-White.

Shore111
3 months ago

She sounds like the perfect Brandon nomination. She will do for the SCOTUS what this administration is doing for America.

Walt
3 months ago
Reply to  Shore111

This won an my be well qualified….but…….I have a problem of having someone nominated because of their race…….because they are white or black……to me that is racist personified…….I hope this nominee gets better treatment than judge kavanaugh…..or judge barrenett………the democrats hsve short memories

Paul
3 months ago

Rubber stamp? Of course you would never acknowledge that the Republicans especially the despicable Clarence Thomas are nothing but “rubber stamps” for Republican policy preferences. Thomas is worse he is nothing but a sycophant for Trump.

Spare us your hypocrisy.

Michael Davitt
3 months ago
Reply to  Paul

What could possibly be wrong with anyone Biden’s chooses?

WalkingBull
3 months ago

This is a train wreck for fairness, truth American justice.

Steve
3 months ago

This is a train wreck for truth and justice…

Morbious
3 months ago

“The American people have a right….”. No, sorry. We’ve long since ceded those rights. This communist will be easily confirmed and the rinos will slobber over her dissembling. She will pretend to be fair and balanced and devoted to the constitution while in front of the cameras. Once installed she will vote like karl marx would until carried out in her dotage like rbg. Rights need to be fought for. Conservatives surrendered long ago after being accused of racism for simply existing. The evil spell continues.

Dodo Marmarosa
3 months ago
Reply to  Morbious

Do you think being a racist is a BAD thing? If so, why? Can you name a white person who is a racist who ISN’T on the left (no, Hitler doesn’t count).

Ted Tedstone
3 months ago
Reply to  Dodo Marmarosa

Hitler WAS on the Left.

Mr Silence Dogood
3 months ago

If we can turn Manchin this socialist’s nomination is sunk

Margret
3 months ago

I’m just in awe that it wasn’t the best man or woman for the job. There are many in democratic positions. But to just say we have to put a particular race and gender in to me seems so wrong. So it’s one for one. There are many well more experienced candidates for the job!

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