As the hearings to confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court continue, we have seen Republican senators pushing desperate smears about Judge Jackson that consistently fall apart under the smallest amount of scrutiny.
This week’s hearings have been a hypocrisy highlight reel from Republicans, and fact-checkers have been quick to call them out for their own records on dark money:
Washington Post Fact Checker: “For instance, the conservative Judicial Crisis Network works to fill judicial vacancies across the country, including in state supreme courts and appellate courts. It received $17.9 million in 2016 and $17.1 million in 2017 from an undisclosed donor (or maybe two). It then turned around and used that money (and other contributions) to fight against the Supreme Court nomination of Merrick Garland in 2016 ($7 million) and for the nominations of Neil M. Gorsuch ($10 million), Brett M. Kavanaugh ($10 million) and Amy Coney Barrett ($10 million).”
Washington Post Fact Checker: “We can only marvel at the hypocrisy of these attacks.”
Washington Post: “Graham’s false claim that Arabella Advisors targeted Judge Childs”
Washington Post: “[Graham] earns Four Pinocchios.”
Fact check after fact check, including from conservative outlets, have debunked Senator Josh Hawley’s misleading lies:
National Review: “Senator Hawley’s Disingenuous Attack against Judge Jackson’s Record on Child Pornography”
CNN: “GOP senators push misleading portrayal of Ketanji Brown Jackson’s record on child porn cases”
Daily Beast – OPINION: “Sen. Josh Hawley’s outrageous smear of Judge Jackson’s record is beyond the pale, even for rough-and-tumble Supreme Court nomination politics.”
Washington Post: “Josh Hawley’s misleading attack on Judge Jackson’s sentencing of child-porn offenders”
Washington Post: “Hawley earns Three Pinocchios.”
Last, but certainly not least, Senator Marsha Blackburn wrapped up the first day of hearings with remarks riddled with inaccuracies and “conservative grievances”:
New York Times: “Echoing Conservative Grievances, Blackburn Miscasts Jackson’s Views”
Vice: “Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn was the last Senate Judiciary Committee member to give an opening statement in Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing, and she used it to throw Jackson under the bus of right-wing talking points before the Supreme Court nominee even had a chance to speak.”
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