Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) charged that Republicans “triggered a hurt in so many people” with how they questioned Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson throughout her affirmation hearings.
Prior to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s deadlocked vote to ship Jackson’s nomination to the Senate, Booker — who publicly skewered Brett Kavanaugh as a rumored sexual predator throughout his Supreme Court affirmation hearings — mentioned KBJ’s remedy made American girls query the “absurdities of disrespect” they expertise of their lives.
“I am hearing from people, not just Black women, who are relating to me their stories about having to come into a room where you’re more qualified than the people who are sitting in judgement of you and having to endure the absurdities of disrespect that we saw Judge Jackson endure,” he mentioned.
Booker mentioned KBJ’s expertise mirrored the poor remedy that individuals “who are so qualified, so worthy” have needed to endure.
“How could they disrespect a person like [Jackson] who’s done everything right in her life and in her journey?” Booker questioned.
Quoting Maya Angelou’s well-known poem And Still I Rise, Booker mentioned, “You may write me down in history. With your bitter, twisted lies, you may trod me in the very dirt. But still, like dust, I’ll rise.”
Sen. @CoryBooker quotes Maya Angelou: “You may trod me down in the very dirt but still like dust, I rise. Rise, Sister Jackson, rise, Judge Jackson, all the way to the highest court in the land. When we have that final vote I will rejoice. Ancestors will rejoice.” pic.twitter.com/RwyjqWm8bD
— CSPAN (@cspan) April 4, 2022
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 11-11 on sending KBJ’s nomination to the Senate for a full vote the place she is predicted to be confirmed.
During the affirmation hearings, Booker famously cried in response to Republicans questioning Jackson about her document of soft-sentencing for folks in possession of kid pornography.
“You’re a person who is so much more than your race and gender,” the tearful Booker mentioned, including:
You’re a Christian. You’re a mother. You’re an mind. You love books. But for me, I’m sorry, it’s exhausting for me not to take a look at you and see my mother, to not see my cousins, certainly one of them, who needed to come right here and sit behind you. She needed to have your again. I see my ancestors and yours.
“Nobody is gonna steal that joy,” he mentioned. “You have earned this spot. You are worthy. You are a great American. You’re here. And I know what it’s taken for you to sit in that seat.”