Some questions require little consideration. Such was the case for Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Wednesday night when asked if he intended to vote for the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. Cruz’ response was immediate and blunt, “No.”
Cruz appeared on Fox News with host Jesse Watters, and noted how Supreme Court nominees put forth by GOP leaders were treated much harsher than Supreme Court nominees put forth by Democrats.
He asserted that the line of questioning in recent days centered on the candidate’s judicial record and legal perspective, a far cry from the personal and unfounded character attacks associated with the Kavanagh hearings.
During the interview, Cruz mentioned that Jackson was probably “the only U.S. Supreme Court nominee in the history of our country who is unable to answer the question ‘What is a woman?’”
Watters then played a clip of Cruz asking Jackson, “I’m a Hispanic man. Could I decide I was an Asian man? Would I have the ability to be an Asian man …?”
Jackson declined to answer the question saying, “Senator, I’m not able to answer your question. You’re asking me about hypotheticals …”
Watters asked rhetorically, “If you can’t answer a question, like, I don’t know, ‘Can you just make up your race?’ or ‘What’s the definition of a woman?’ do [you have] what it takes to be a Supreme Court Justice?”
“Her record,” Cruz said, “[is] unfortunately…far outside the mainstream.”
“If you look at her record as a federal judge,” Cruz explained, “in criminal cases, and particularly cases involving child pornography, over and over and over again she gives incredibly lenient sentences. In every single case where she had discretion in a child pornography case, she gave dramatically lower sentences than the sentencing guidelines provide for and then the prosecutor asked for.”
“One of the most egregious cases was…the Hawkins case,” Cruz continued, “where you had a defendant who had graphic videos of little boys, eleven years old, ten years old, as young as eight years old, being violently sexually assaulted by adult males, and she gave that defendant a slap on the wrist of three months in jail. The guidelines provided for ten years; the prosecutors wanted a long, long sentence and she gave that defendant three months.”
Cruz concluded: “I think the American people are concerned whether they will have a Supreme Court Justice that’s going to follow the law or we’re going to have a Supreme Court Justice that is looking for loopholes to let violent criminals out of jail. I gotta say, her answers and her record in this regard were really concerning.”
“Are you going to vote for her?” Watters asked bluntly.
Cruz responded without hesitation. “No.”
Watters followed with: “Do you think a lot of your Republican colleagues are going to vote for her?”
“I don’t know.” Cruz speculated: “I think the overwhelming majority of Republicans will vote against her. I think her record is far out of the mainstream. You may see a couple of Republicans vote for her.”
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