WASHINGTON — This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee held confirmation hearings for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to take over when Justice Stephen Breyer retires at the end of this term.
Common Defense’s Political Director Naveed Shah released the following statement:
“Now that hearings have wrapped up for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, the veterans of Common Defense reaffirm their support for the confirmation of Judge Jackson, one of the brightest legal minds in the country, for a seat on our nation’s highest court.
“Judge Jackson’s qualifications speak for themselves – currently serving as a federal appellate judge, previously as a federal district court judge, a member of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, an attorney in private practice, and as a federal public defender – so much so that even Senator McConnell noted that there was ‘no question’ that she is qualified. Despite this, Judge Jackson is the target of intense scrutiny at least in part simply because Pres. Biden took the historic step of nominating her as the first Black woman to even be considered for the Supreme Court.
“Throughout the hearings this week, Republican senators resorted to racist dog whistles in a thinly veiled attempt to discredit and disparage an eminently qualified Black woman. All their attacks accomplished was to illustrate in real time that our country’s racist and misogynistic past is not a relic of a bygone era. Rather, it is the driving force behind mainstream conservatism, dedicated to a culture of oppression.
“In truth, it would be difficult to find a nominee who is more prepared for the role of Supreme Court Justice, as Judge Jackson’s record of evenhandedness, impartiality, and independence has earned her several endorsements already, including from dozens of former U.S. attorneys and law enforcement officials, as well as the American Bar Association.
“We urge the Senate to confirm Judge Jackson to the Supreme Court post-haste, as swiftly as they did with Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation.”