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Anita Hill reminds us why we should not forget how Ketanji Brown Jackson was treated

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10.04.2022

In the post-Trump era, it seems like nothing can really shock Americans anymore. That is why Republican senators like Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, and Marsha Blackburn felt they could vomit up and spew whatever specious or scurrilous attacks that struck their fancy during the confirmation hearings for newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson. Pandering to a country with a thoroughly polarized electorate, they believed they’d face no significant consequences for their behavior, and even less from the Republican base whose votes sustain each of their perches in office. Personal nastiness has become a badge of honor among these types, ever since Donald Trump smoothed their paths with his own brand of arrogant, strutting insouciance and disrespect.

They also knew that once the hearings were over, the sheer ubiquity of our instant-gratification news media would immediately move on to the next outrage. That whatever the next shiny object du jour happened to be would swiftly relegate their shameful performance to that vast memory hole where egregious, hyperpartisan political behavior goes to die.

The sad aspect to all of this is that we are now at a point where such behavior by Republicans has become normalized. We already knew it would not have mattered whether President Biden had nominated a different Black woman to the court, one with a completely distinct background and life experience than Justice Jackson. For the vast majority of Republicans who voted against her confirmation—including the ones who simply, quietly voted “Nay” without ever making a spectacle of themselves like Cruz, Hawley, Cotton, and Blackburn—the only important thing for them was that she was nominated by a Democrat. That was all the reason they needed to oppose her, mainly because they believe Americans who make up their political constituencies would tolerate nothing less than complete rejection of an otherwise........

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