Three Republicans joined with Democrats to confirm Joe Biden’s nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court.
The vote was 53-47.
The three Republicans include Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Mitt Romney of Utah.
Jackson has faced major criticism as she couldn’t define what a “woman” is and she refused to say when a human life begins.
She also refused to answer when equal protection of the laws attach to a human being. The fact that these simple questions stumped Jackson has been deeply concerning for many Americans.
Biden appeared to ignore the merit of other candidates and instead made a campaign promise to specifically nominate a female African American. The majority of Americans believe nominees should be chosen based on qualifications and merit.
This has been called a “history-making confirmation” as Judge Jackson is the first African American to be confirmed to the high court.
“Democrats today believe in racial discrimination,” Senator Ted Cruz responded to the nomination.
Former President Barack Obama also did not choose to nominate the first black woman to the high court
Jackson’s judicial record faced major scrutiny during the confirmation hearings.
Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri says that he “noticed an alarming pattern when it comes to Judge Jackson’s treatment of sex offenders, especially those preying on children.”
“In every single child porn case for which we can find records, Judge Jackson deviated from the federal sentencing guidelines in favor of child porn offenders,” Hawley argued. Jackson considers some offenders merely “nonpedophiles” who obtain child pornography.
“This is a disturbing record for any judge, but especially one nominated to the highest court in the land,” Hawley noted in his thread of examples. “Protecting the most vulnerable shouldn’t be up for debate. Sending child predators to jail shouldn’t be controversial.”
“Judge Jackson has a pattern of letting child porn offenders off the hook for their appalling crimes,” Hawley continued. Jackson is accused of advocating for this practice since law school, Hawley added.
Biden took a selfie with Judge Jackson after the confirmation:
Judge Jackson’s confirmation was a historic moment for our nation. We’ve taken another step toward making our highest court reflect the diversity of America. She will be an incredible Justice, and I was honored to share this moment with her. pic.twitter.com/K8SAh25NL5
— President Biden (@POTUS) April 7, 2022