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CNN published en ed on Friday accusing Republicans in the Senate who interrogated Ketanji Brown Jackson during her confirmation hearing, of being an extremist.

An article entitled “Extremists Have Fingerprints Across the Republican Republic” argues that the questions of Senators Josh Howley, Republic of Workshop, and Marsh Blackburn, Tenn, were untrue. CNN political analyst Julian Zelizer noted that senators say Judge Jackson was lenient with crimes related to children’s sexual crimes.


U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) meets with U.S. Supreme Court nominee and Federal Court of Appeals Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson at his office at the United States Capitol Building in Washington, DC, March 9, 2022.
(REUTERS / Evelyn Hawkstein)

“Sensor Josh Hawley of Missouri and Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, for example, followed Jackson in trying to paint a false picture that she was particularly lenient with sex offenders,” Zelizer wrote.

Republican senators questioned and criticized Jackson for sentencing child pornography convicts to terms shorter than federal recommendations. In one case, Jackson sentenced an 18-year-old to three months in prison for possession of large amounts of child pornography. Howley criticized Jackson for her verdict and comments in which he claims she expressed condolences to the defendant and his family.

In addition, Jackson was also outraged by Republicans over whether she supported a critical theory of race. Senator Ted Cruz, Texas, asked Jackson about the CRT curriculum taught at a private school in Washington, D.C., where she is a board member. Zelizer dismissed critical racial theory as a “boogie” that Republicans used for political gain.

“Others have fallen for another Republican boogie: a critical theory of race,” he wrote.

The debate over the critical theory of race taught in schools was discussed at a Supreme Court hearing when Sen. Ted Cruz asked Judge Ketania Brown Jackson's candidacy for her views on the controversial curriculum.

The debate over the critical theory of race taught in schools was discussed at a Supreme Court hearing when Sen. Ted Cruz asked Judge Ketania Brown Jackson’s candidacy for her views on the controversial curriculum.
(Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP via Getty Images)


According to a CNN political scientist, the interrogation of Judge Jackson in her record is behavior that violates the rules of the Republican Party.

“Throughout all the confirmation hearings, Republicans have tried to score cheap political points by delving into strange arguments – all of which have shown how point issues have become mainstream,” Zelizer said.

“Senior officials supported allegations that in earlier eras were considered too far from the base to focus on during the televised hearing,” he continued. “The way the far right has influenced the main Republican Party has been one of the key stories in American politics in recent years. This radicalization has created a situation in Washington where one party has moved further away from the center than the other. “


Zelizer often criticizes Republicans and often praises Democrats for their political stance. Last summer, Zelizer argued that elected officials focused too much on the rights of individuals rather than on the collective well-being of the nation when it came to fighting COVID-19. He is performed on mandatory vaccinations and vaccine passports.

“Biden and other political leaders need to start thinking about the good of the collective, not just about individual rights. This is not some movement towards socialism, as conservative critics inevitably argue,” Zelizer said. “Thinking of the common good is as American as apple pie.”

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