While Judge Ketani Brown Jackson Calmly And Intelligently Explained What A Judge’s Role Is, Republican Senators Whined, Accused, And Presented Inaccurate Information During Their Hostile Interrogation Of The Judge. They Lectured Her In A “Put Her-In-Her-Place” Manner And Failed Miserably At It. Senators Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, Lindsey Graham, And Tom Cotton Looked Like Partisan Misogynists And Came Off Like Masculine Wannabes.

Why is Senator Lindsey Graham trying so hard to seem super masculine? He’s yelling, stomping around, and cursing don’t convince anyone he’s a tough guy. He embarrassed himself yesterday and today during Judge Jackson’s confirmation hearing. This fake man of faith asked Judge Brown Jackson,” On a scale of 1 to 10, how faithful would you say you are?”. He behaved like a man without an ounce of authentic religious values. There could not have been a more ignorant, inappropriate question asked at a government hearing in a country where the separation of church and state is enumerated in the Constitution.

Graham is a poser, a man who attacks others based on projections coming from his failures of character. The venom that comes out of the mouth of this “Trump lapdog” is disgusting, and today he humiliated himself by screaming like a maniac about how awful child pornography is, ignoring the reality that both parties equally denounce the crime. The confirmation hearings created the opportunity for the judiciary committee to discuss Judge Jackson’s record and legal ideology respectfully. Instead, several Republican senators used their time to impress their base by verbally mistreating a superior liberal black woman who showed dignity and poise amid their aggressiveness. 

When discussing Guantanamo Bay inmates, Graham had a hissy-fit, screaming, ” it wouldn’t bother me one bit if all 39 of them die in prison.” His histrionics did not derail the judge’s calm focus as she schooled the hysterical senator on the democratic role of a defense attorney who takes an oath to give every citizen the right to equal protection by the law. Jackson sounded like a qualified legal mind, Graham said like an over-emotional quack. It seems that Graham has been indoctrinated into the MAGA world of authoritarianism. It is not about upholding the U.S. Constitution; it’s about serving the ideology of the despot and his loyalists.

It is a well-known fact in Washington that almost no one likes Senator Ted Cruz. At Judge Jackson’s hearings, his obnoxious arrogance and bullying was on full display. Cruz is a weakling who after being emasculated by Donald Trump, (who also verbally degraded his wife and father) is constantly auditioning to be embraced by MAGA, Q’anon Trump loyalists. Cruz performed a “demagogic, bad-faith effort on Tuesday to imply that Judge Jackson would bring a racially focused agenda to the Supreme Court, coupled with a “soft on child pornographers.” Cruz, like other Senators used the hearings to audition for the presidency instead of conducting a professional effort to examine the judges process on how she rules on cases and writes her legal opinions. Cruz and other MAGA Republicans like him are unskilled or disinterested in the art of examining, learning and respectfully disagreeing with members of another party. Like their golden boy Justice Kavanaugh, displaying an aggressive, sarcastic, accusatory demeanor is acceptable for these white men to direct towards women, especially women of color.

Cruz displayed a chart listing prison sentences handed down to child pornographers by Judge Jackson. His point was to promote her and the Democrats as ” soft on crime,” especially for child pornography criminals. Judge Jackson neutered his attempt to disparage her character by educating Cruz about the bipartisan support for lesser sentences for child pornographers by the majority of the Sentencing Commission. “In a 2021 report, just 30 percent of offenders who possess or share such material received a sentence within the guideline range in the 2019 fiscal year, and 59 percent received a sentence below the guideline range. In the nine cases the Republican lawmakers cited, prosecutors also sought shorter sentences than were recommended in five, according to a review by Douglas A. Berman, a law professor at Ohio State University.” ( New York Times, Linda Qiu, March 21, 2022). Berman also wrote that “federal sentencing guidelines for child sexual abuse imagery are widely recognized as dysfunctional and unduly severe and that “federal judges nationwide rarely follow them.” In his teardown of Judge Jackson, Cruz consistently left out the broader context of aspects of Judge Jackson’s record he was attacking. The smarmy insincerity of Ted Cruz guarantees he will never be president. That was proven again today by his unprofessional, staged performance for the MAGA voters.

We can only hope this photo of Senator Hawley encouraging the aggressive insurrectionist mob to attack the Capitol will get him kicked out of Congress someday. At the Judge Jackson confirmation hearings this week, Hawley conducted a calculating smear campaign against Judge Jackson focusing on sentences she has handed down through the years for child pornographers.

Harley is a member of the far-right wing of the Republican party that has replaced the decency and heroic legacy of Republicans like Senator John McCain and former President George Herbert Walker Bush with an extremist, authoritarian ideology. Hawley is an arrogant extremist who in servitude to Donald Trump has lowered the moral values of America and tried to deconstruct democracy while pretending to honor it. During the confirmation hearings for Judge Brown Jackson this week, Hawley demonstrated a display of insulting disrespect in his questioning of her. Like Senators Graham and Cruz, Hawley questioned the judge incessantly about child pornography cases with an obvious agenda of pandering to his Q’anon followers who believe strange conspiracy theories about pedophilia. He got a lot of information wrong about Judge Jackson’s judicial reasoning reflected in her sentencing history. It was obvious Hawley wasn’t trying to learn about the judges judicial process involved in sentencing practices, but rather was invested in exploiting the topic of child pornography for his evangelical, Q’ Anon base.

Jackson noted that “in each of these cases where the defendants were found guilty she has imposed a significant sentence “and all of the additional restraints that are available in the law. These people, she said, are looking at 20, 30, 40 years of supervision. They can’t use their computers in a normal way for decades. I am imposing all of those constraints because I understand how significant, how damaging, how horrible this crime is.” ( CNN Politics, March, 22, 2022). Hawley used his time dedicated to vetting Judge Jackson to get on a soapbox promoting maximum sentences for child pornography defendants that most judges of both parties reject.

Senators Graham, Hawley, Cruz, and other far-right extremist Senators lost votes from independent and moderate Republicans today. Their aggressive behaviors smacked of misogyny tinged with racism and political opportunism. Someone tell these guys not to waste time practicing writing their “never-going- to- happen” inauguration speeches.

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