Donald Trump has lashed out at Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, criticizing her refusal to define the word ‘woman’ during Senate confirmation hearings.
Speaking at a rally in Commerce, Georgia on Saturday night, Trump seized on the hot-button issue, which has generated controversy in the wake of transgender swimmer Lia Thomas’ NCAA title.
‘The left has become so extreme that we now have a justice being nominated to the Supreme Court who testified under oath that she could not say what a woman is,’ said Trump.
‘If she can’t even say what a woman is. How on earth can she be trusted to say what the Constitution is?’
‘A party that’s unwilling to admit that men and women are biologically different, in defiance of all scientific and human history, is a party that should not be anywhere near the levers of power,’ added Trump.
During Senate hearings this week, Jackson repeatedly refused to define ‘woman’ under questioning from Republicans, who pressed the issue.
At Tuesday’s hearing, Senator Marsha Blackburn quoted late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, saying: ‘Physical differences between men and women are enduring. The two sexes are not fungible. A community made up exclusively of one sex is different from a community composed of both.’
‘Do you agree with Justice Ginsburg that there are physical differences between men and women that are enduring?’ the senator asked.
When Jackson claimed she had never heard the quote, Blackburn asked directly: ‘Can you define the word ”woman”?’
‘Can I provide a definition?’ Jackson responded.
‘No, I can’t,’ she declared, before adding: ‘I’m not a biologist.’
Republicans have also focused on Jackson’s sentencing practices in a handful of cases related to heinous sex crimes or child pornography.
However, evaluators at the American Bar Association rejected those claims, saying there’s ‘no evidence’ to support claims that Jackson’s sentencing practices are outside of the mainstream, and insisting that she is well qualified for the high court.
Jackson’s confirmation now appears to be assured in the evenly divided senate.
Senator Joe Manchin announced Friday that he plans to vote in favor of Jackson, likely clearing the path for Biden’s nominee to be confirmed.
This is an excerpt from Daily Mail.