Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz displayed visible excitement as his colleague, Republican Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, confronted Democratic Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin during a hearing on Thursday.
Durbin had criticized a December hearing, claiming it reached a “new low” when Republicans scrutinized Adeel Mangi, nominated for the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Durbin suggested the criticism stemmed from Mangi’s Muslim faith.
Hawley, taking the floor, expressed his discontent with Durbin’s remarks.
“Mr. Chairman, I was not gonna say anything, because I asked quite a few questions of Mr. Mangi and so I thought I made my views clear, but I have to say, after you, a moment ago, not only read that letter to the record, which you’re perfectly entitled to do, but before you did that, you said that those of us who had questioned Mr. Mangi on that day took this committee to a new low — ” Hawley said before being interrupted by Durbin.
“Oh yes you did,” Hawley said.
“I didn’t name names,” Durbin responded.
“Oh, you didn’t name names? You said those of us who questioned him took it to a new low,” Hawley retorted, as Cruz was seen laughing and nodding in agreement.
“Some did,” Durbin replied.
Hawley then addressed the insinuation of anti-Muslim prejudice.
“That would be those of us on this side. And I did question him on that day and frankly, I resent the insinuation that those of us who asked him questions are somehow anti-Muslim or prejudiced in some way. I think it’s outrageous. I think it’s absolutely outrageous. And frankly, as someone who has worked across the aisle on any number of pieces of legislation … but I have to say, it’s hard to do when you call us anti-Muslim racists which is basically what you just did a moment ago. … My issue with Mr. Mangi is, I don’t care what his religion is or if he has a religion, I don’t care.”
Hawley continued, “But I do care that he was the director of a center that was basically a mouthpiece for Hamas. And he said over and over all his concerns were academic. My question is, did he not have concerns about Jewish students? We’ve seen Jewish students barricaded in libraries after October 7 … did he not think that a center which actively promotes genocidal rhetoric might have some effect on the students he was supposed to be helping?”
During the December 13 hearing, Mangi repeatedly refused to answer Hawley’s question about whether Israel is a “violent, settler, colonial state.”
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