Fox News host Tucker Carlson has slammed Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson for repeatedly declining to give a definitive answer on how she defines a 'woman'
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Fox News host Tucker Carlson has slammed Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson for repeatedly declining to give a definitive answer on how she defines a ‘woman’ in Senate hearings for her Supreme Court confirmation.

On Tuesday, Senator Marsha Blackburn, a Tennessee Republican, pressed Jackson on whether she can define the word ‘woman’, to which Jackson declined and said ‘I’m not a biologist.’

In his broadcast on Wednesday night, Carlson played the clip, saying that ‘for a world-famous scholar like Ketanji Jackson’ the question ‘should have been effortless.’ 

‘Pause for a second and marinate in the awe-inspiring stupidity of her answer,’ said Carlson. ‘We can say with certainty she is clearly a sub genius and probably shouldn’t be on the Supreme Court.’

Fox News host Tucker Carlson has slammed Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson for repeatedly declining to give a definitive answer on how she defines a 'woman'

Fox News host Tucker Carlson has slammed Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson for repeatedly declining to give a definitive answer on how she defines a ‘woman’

Asked whether she can define the word 'woman', Jackson declined and said 'I'm not a biologist'

Asked whether she can define the word ‘woman’, Jackson declined and said ‘I’m not a biologist’

On Tuesday, Senator Marsha Blackburn, a Tennessee Republican, pressed Jackson on the issue

On Tuesday, Senator Marsha Blackburn, a Tennessee Republican, pressed Jackson on the issue

Carlson argued that Jackson should have responded that ‘a woman is a human being with two X chromosomes’ and told Blackburn that it was an ‘incredibly stupid question.’

‘Imagine if she said that, what an answer that would have been. Do you know a single person wouldn’t have cheered?’ he added. 

Republicans have repeatedly pressed Jackson to define the term ‘woman’ in this week’s hearing, hoping to capitalize on controversy over transgender swimmer Lia Thomas storming to victory in the recent NCAA women’s championships.

Carlson asked in his monologue: ‘If we can’t say for certain who’s a woman, how are we going to enforce Joe Biden’s famous Violence Against Women Act? Why do we have such an act? Who would care?’ 

‘Why have Title IX, which bans sex discrimination in schools? If we don’t have biological sex, how can we have discrimination on the basis of biological sex?’ he continued.

At Tuesday’s hearing, Blackburn quoted late Supreme Court judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, saying: ‘Physical differences between men and women are enduring. The two sexes are not fungible. A community made up exclusively of one sex is different from a community composed of both.’

‘Do you agree with Justice Ginsburg that there are physical differences between men and women that are enduring?’ the senator asked.

When Jackson claimed she had never heard the quote, Blackburn asked directly: ‘Can you define the word ”woman”?’

‘Can I provide a definition?’ Jackson responded.

‘No, I can’t,’ she declared, before adding: ‘I’m not a biologist’.  

Texas Senator Ted Cruz brought up the issue again during his 20-minute questioning at Wednesday’s session.

Cruz, however, went one step further to question how she decide if an individual was a woman if it came to gender discrimination cases.

‘Yesterday under questioning from Senator Blackburn, you told her that you couldn’t define what a woman is, that you are not a biologist, which I think you are the only Supreme Court nominee in history who has been unable to answer the question, ‘What is a woman?” Cruz asked Jackson.

Before letting her answer, he expanded on the question.

‘Let me ask you as a judge, how would you determine if a plaintiff had Article 3 standing to challenge a gender based rule, regulation, policy without being able to determine what a woman was?’ he questioned.

‘I know that I am a woman, I know that Senator Blackburn is a woman,’ she said.

‘And the woman who I admire most in the world is in the room today – my mother,’ still not giving a definition of the word ‘woman.’

‘But let me ask, under the modern leftist sensibilities, if I decide right now that I’m a woman then apparently I’m a woman. Does that mean that I would have Article 3 to challenge a gender based restriction?’ he pushed. 

Senator Ted Cruz took another stab Wednesday at trying to get Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to define 'woman'. He questioned: 'How would you determine if a plaintiff had Article 3 standing to challenge a gender based rule, regulation, policy without being able to determine what a woman was?'

Senator Ted Cruz took another stab Wednesday at trying to get Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to define ‘woman’. He questioned: ‘How would you determine if a plaintiff had Article 3 standing to challenge a gender based rule, regulation, policy without being able to determine what a woman was?’

Jackson still didn't give a straight answer, replying: 'I know that I am a woman, I know that Senator Blackburn is a woman. And the woman who I admire most in the world is in the room today – my mother'

Jackson still didn’t give a straight answer, replying: ‘I know that I am a woman, I know that Senator Blackburn is a woman. And the woman who I admire most in the world is in the room today – my mother’

When the nominee still refused to give a straight answer, Cruz presented another hypothetical.

He asked if he would be able to sue Harvard if although he is a Hispanic male, he decided to identify as Asian. Both Cruz and Jackson attended Harvard Law School.

Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. sued Harvard for discriminating in their affirmative action practices against Asian American admissions. In January 2022, the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case, consolidating it with a similar case related to admissions practices at the University of North Carolina.

Jackson vowed that if confirmed she would recuse herself from the Supreme Court case regarding Havard admissions that claims Asian applicants were rejected because of race. 

Jackson also refused to define the word ‘woman’ during a tense exchange with Blackburn.

The Republican senator pressed Jackson on sex and gender issues Tuesday amid the fallout of swimmer Lia Thomas, who was born biologically male, storming to victory in the NCAA championships against biologically female competitors.

‘Do you agree with [late] Justice Ginsburg that there are physical differences between men and women that are enduring?’ she asked the nominee picked to replace retiring Justice Stephen Breyer.

‘Can you define the word ”woman”?’

‘Can I provide a definition?’ Jackson replied. ‘No, I can’t. I’m not a biologist.’  

LINDSEY GRAHAM SLAMS JACKSON FOR SENTENCING RECORD, DEMANDS CHILD PORN OFFENDERS BE PUT IN JAIL FOR 50 YEARS

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham tore into Judge Jackson again on Wednesday, lambasting her for thinking ‘supervision’ was an adequate deterrent for child pornography distributors and viewers.

It came as he asked the nominee about other issues, including on whether an illegal immigrant should be allowed to vote or if a 20-week-old fetus can feel pain, to which she said she did not know.

Graham claimed during the third day of Jackson’s confirmation hearing that the only punishment should be putting their ‘a** in jail.’

Jackson pushed back against the South Carolina senator’s claim that she believes the number of images viewed or distributed shouldn’t be considered in child porn cases’ sentencing. She insisted instead that her judicial record does show that she imposed ‘substantial’ internet supervision on violators.

‘Wait, you think it is a bigger deterrent to take somebody who is on a computer, looking at sexual images of children in the most disgusting way, is to supervise their computer habit versus putting them in jail?’ Graham questioned, raising his voice and showing visual disgust.

‘No, I didn’t say versus,’ Jackson tried to clarify but was interrupted by Graham’s irate line of questioning. 

‘That’s exactly what you said,’ the Republican lawmaker asserted.

‘I think the best way to deter people from getting on a computer and viewing thousands and hundred – and over time maybe millions, the population as a whole – of children being exploited and abused every time somebody clicks on is to put their a** in jail,’ he offered. ‘Not supervise their computer usage.’

Graham’s 20 minutes of questioning was in line with other criticism of Jackson issued Tuesday when Republicans questioned Jackson on her sentencing of child porn offenders. 

Earlier in the hearing on Wednesday, Judiciary Chairman Dick Durbin tried to defend Jackson during his short opening remarks by claiming her sentencing record with child porn cases were in line with 80 percent of other judges in similar cases.

Senator Lindsey Graham slammed Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson for suggesting 'supervision' was as adequate a deterrent for child porn offenders than jail time

Senator Lindsey Graham slammed Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson for suggesting ‘supervision’ was as adequate a deterrent for child porn offenders than jail time

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson testifies during the third day of Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings on her nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court

Lindsey Graham speaks during Jackson's testimony on her nomination to become an Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court on Wednesday

‘I think the best way to deter people from getting on a computer and viewing… children being exploited and abused – every time somebody clicks on is to put their a** in jail,’ Graham said during 20-minute re-questioning of Jackson. ‘Not supervise their computer usage’

Jackson became animated when yet again defending herself for her sentencing record of child porn offenders, claiming it had become complicated in the age of the internet

Jackson became animated when yet again defending herself for her sentencing record of child porn offenders, claiming it had become complicated in the age of the internet

Jackson tried to defend herself again on Wednesday, claiming that in the age of the internet it’s a lot harder to differentiate between severity of child porn offenders. She claimed before the time of the web, you could easily distinguish sentencing of someone who had received one image versus one thousand.

‘In comes the internet,’ she explained of the changing landscape of the child pornography industry. ‘With one click you can receive, you can distribute tens of thousands.’

‘You can be doing this for 15 minutes and all of a sudden, you are looking at 30, 40, 50 years in prison,’ she said.

‘Good! Good! Absolutely, good! I hope you are!’ Graham shouted back.

‘I hope you go to jail for 50 years if you’re on the internet trolling for images of children and sexual exploitation,’ he said.

Also in the midst of Graham’s re-questioning period Wednesday he asked Jackson about abortion.

‘Can an unborn child feel pain at 20 weeks in the birthing process?’ Graham asked.

‘Senator, I don’t know,’ she replied.

He explained that anesthesia is administered to an unborn fetus if there is an operation to save their life at this period in a pregnancy because they ‘can, in facet, feel pain.’

She said she was also unaware of that.

Graham said that these types of issues may ‘come before you one day’ and asked that she ‘keep an open mind’ when it comes to the issue.

REPUBLICANS CLAIM DEMOCRATIC CHAIR DICK DURBIN IS ‘EDITORIALIZING’ THEIR POINTS AND DEFENDING JACKSON 

Day three of Judge Jackson’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing kicked off with partisan bickering over the Judiciary committee’s process – specifically Republicans’ complaining that Judiciary Chairman Dick Durbin was ‘editorializing’ their points and defending the nominee.

The back-and-forth came after Durbin opened the third day of hearings with an apology to Jackson for Republicans’ line of questioning on Tuesday.

‘Yesterday, your nomination turned out to be a testing ground for conspiracy theories and culture war theories,’ the Illinois Democrat alleged on Wednesday. ‘The more bizarre the charges against you and your family, the more I understand the social media scoreboard lit up yesterday.’

‘I’m sorry we have to go through this,’ he added.

‘These are not theories that are in the mainstream of America, but they have been presented here as such.’

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson arrives at the Hart Senate Office Building on Wednesday for her third day of confirmation hearings

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson arrives at the Hart Senate Office Building on Wednesday for her third day of confirmation hearings

After Durbin issued his opening statement defending Jackson, Texas Senator John Cornyn cut in to express his dissatisfaction with the Democratic chairman’s ‘editorializing’ during the confirmation process.

‘Unfortunately, I noticed that after every series of questioning on this side of the aisle, you choose to editorialize and contradict the points being made by this side of the aisle,’ Cornyn said of him and his Republican colleagues.

‘I don’t know whether we will have an equal opportunity to editorialize about the advocacy that you and your colleagues – the points that you’re trying to make.’

‘I just want to lodge a protest and say that I don’t think it’s appropriate for the chairman after every time somebody on this side of the aisle asks questions of the judge, you come back and you degenerate, and you attack and you criticize the line of questioning,’ he continued. 

In the opening of Day Three, Republicans railed against Judiciary Chairman Dick Durbin for 'editorializing' every GOP line of questioning after they spoke with the nominee on Tuesday. Durbin also apologized Wednesday morning to Jackson for Republicans talking points

In the opening of Day Three, Republicans railed against Judiciary Chairman Dick Durbin for ‘editorializing’ every GOP line of questioning after they spoke with the nominee on Tuesday. Durbin also apologized Wednesday morning to Jackson for Republicans talking points

'Yesterday, your nomination turned out to be a testing ground for conspiracy theories and culture war theories,' Durbin said Wednesday. 'The more bizarre the charges against you and your family, the more I understand the social media scoreboard lit up yesterday. I'm sorry we have to go through this'

‘Yesterday, your nomination turned out to be a testing ground for conspiracy theories and culture war theories,’ Durbin said Wednesday. ‘The more bizarre the charges against you and your family, the more I understand the social media scoreboard lit up yesterday. I’m sorry we have to go through this’

‘I think the judge is doing a pretty good job of defending her own position and answering questions,’ Cornyn said of Jackson.

‘So thank you for giving me a chance to express my objection to the way that you’ve been editorializing after each time this side of the aisle asks questions.’

Durbin tried to explain it was called the ‘chairman’s time’ to speak – but was cut off by Republican Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana who said he wanted to also make a statement in response to Cornyn’s comments.

He alleged Durbin’s ‘input’ was not offered in an ‘even-handed way’ and said it wasn’t a ‘productive’ way to run the hearing.

Senator John Cornyn (left) said: 'I just want to lodge a protest and say that I don't think it's appropriate for the chairman after every time somebody on this side of the aisle asks questions of the judge, you come back and you degenerate, and you attack and you criticize the line of questioning'

Senator John Cornyn (left) said: ‘I just want to lodge a protest and say that I don’t think it’s appropriate for the chairman after every time somebody on this side of the aisle asks questions of the judge, you come back and you degenerate, and you attack and you criticize the line of questioning’

Georgia Senator Jon Ossoff asked that the back-and-forth stop at the top of the hearing. 'I don't think we've set an appropriate tone by bickering over time and process at the outset of our proceedings. Every senator deserves to be heard,' he said

Georgia Senator Jon Ossoff asked that the back-and-forth stop at the top of the hearing. ‘I don’t think we’ve set an appropriate tone by bickering over time and process at the outset of our proceedings. Every senator deserves to be heard,’ he said

DEMOCRATIC SENATOR JON OSSOFF CRITICIZES PUBLIC ‘BICKERING OVER TIME AND PROCESS’ 

At this point, Democratic Georgia Senator Jon Ossoff interjected to ask that the proceedings get underway.

‘I’d like the opportunity to ask questions on behalf of the State of Georgia,’ he insisted.

‘I think the American public is now tuning into these proceedings expecting a substantive discussion of matters of grave importance to the country with a nominee for the Supreme Court before us,’ the freshman senator continued.

‘I don’t think we’ve set an appropriate tone by bickering over time and process at the outset of our proceedings. Every senator deserves to be heard.’

Ossoff and Republican Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina were unable to get their 30 minutes of questioning in during the first day of questioning on Tuesday after the panel went for 13 hours grilling the nominee.

After Durbin and Grassley delivered their opening statements on Wednesday, they two were able to ask their first round of questions. Then the rotation started over with lawmakers getting another opportunity to question Jackson – this time in 20 minutes intervals.

Durbin said that every senator would be able to ‘editorialize’ during their second round of questioning if they wished to use their time in that way.

Jackson walked into the Hart Senate Office Building just after 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday donning a cobalt blue suit jacket over a black dress. On Monday she wore purple and on Tuesday red.

Durbin alleged during his remarks opening the hearing day on Wednesday said that Republicans were using the hearing as a way to attack Democrats’ agenda in a lead up to the 2022 midterm elections in November.

‘For many senators, yesterday was an opportunity to showcase talking points for the November election,’ Durbin said. ‘For example, ‘All Democrats are soft on crime, therefore this nominee must be soft on crime.’

Durbin (left) and Republican Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (right) both issued opening statements on Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Durbin (left) and Republican Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (right) both issued opening statements on Wednesday, March 23, 2022

He said, however, that the stereotypes they are trying to outline doesn’t pan out, including the fact Jackson has an endorsement from the Fraternal Order of Police – seeming to suggest that she isn’t as ‘soft on crime’ as GOP senators suggest.

DAY TWO: REPUBLICANS CRUZ, HAWLEY AND BLACKBURN GRILL JACKSON OVER CRITICAL RACE THEORY, CHILD PORN SENTENCING AND DEFINING WOMEN 

A major line of questioning on Tuesday included Republicans going after Jackson for her sentencing record on child porn cases, claiming she did not issue harsh enough punishments for offenders in the past.

Republican Senators Ted Cruz of Texas, Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee and Josh Hawley of Missouri asked why Jackson had given such criminals ‘substantially lower’ sentences than what the prosecutor asked for.

Cruz specifically pointed out that Jackson’s sentences were on average 47.2 percent lower than what the federal government’s prosecutors recommended. Jackson countered that Cruz was not accounting for what the probation officer recommended in such cases.

‘I take these cases very seriously as a mother,’ she insisted.

‘A judge has to review the actual evidence in these cases and based on Congress’ requirement, take into account not only the sentencing guidelines, not only the recommendations of the parties, but also things like the stories of the victims.’

Earlier, Jackson noted that sentencing guidelines were outdated, having been written before the internet age, and did not adequately differentiate from the crime of consuming or distributing child pornography and being involved in its production.

During Tuesday’s questioning GOP Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina stormed out of the room after arguing with Durbin over the release of Guantanamo Bay detainees following his line of questioning of the nominee.

Durbin, who was trying to defend Jackson against Graham following his 30 minutes of questioning, spoke to the recidivism rate of those released.

‘If you’re going to talk about what I said, I’m going to respond to what you said,’ Graham shot back, turning his microphone on. ‘If we close Gitmo and move them to Colorado, do you support indefinite detention under the law of war for these detainees?’

‘I would just say, I’m giving the facts,’ Durbin responded.

‘The answer’s no,’ the South Carolina Republican rebutted.

Durbin said the 31 percent Graham referenced of Guantanamo Bay detainees who were released and then were reoffenders dates back to 2005.

‘What does it matter when it goes back to? We had them, and they got loose and they started killing people. If you’re one of the people killed in 2005, does it matter to you when we released them?

‘I’m suggesting the system has failed miserably and advocates to change the system, like she was advocating, would destroy our ability to protect this country. We;re at war, we’re not fighting a crime. This is not some passage of time event.

‘As long as they’re dangerous, I hope they all die in jail if they’re going to go back and kill Americans,’ Graham said, starting to raise his voice.

‘It won’t bother me one bit if 39 of them die in prison,’ he continued. ‘That’s a better outcome than letting them go.’

‘And if it costs $500 million to keep them in jail, keep them in jail. Because they’re going to go back to the fight. Look at the fricken Afghan government that’s made up of former detainees at Gitmo. This whole thing by the left about this war ain’t working.’

At this point, Graham turned off his microphone, grabbed his water bottle and stormed out of the room. 

Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson refused to define the word 'woman' during the second day of her confirmation hearing conducted by the US Senate's Judiciary Committee

The moment came during a tense exchange with Senator Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., who pressed Jackson on sex and gender issues

Jackson refused to define the word ‘woman’ during the second day of her confirmation hearing on Tuesday as GOP Senator Marsha Blackburn pressed her on sex and gender issues

Also on Tuesday, Jackson refused to define the word ‘woman’ during a tense exchange with Republican Senator Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, with the nominee claiming she was not a biologist.

Blackburn pressed Jackson on sex and gender issues amid the fallout of swimmer Lia Thomas, who was born biologically male, storming to victory in the NCAA championships against biologically female competitors.

Quoting late Supreme Court judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Blackburn said: ‘Physical differences between men and women are enduring. The two sexes are not fungible. A community made up exclusively of one sex is different from a community composed of both.’

‘Do you agree with Justice Ginsburg that there are physical differences between men and women that are enduring?’ the senator asked.

When Jackson claimed she had never heard the quote, Blackburn asked directly: ‘Can you define the word ”woman”?’

‘Can I provide a definition?’ Jackson responded.

‘No, I can’t,’ she declared, before adding: ‘I’m not a biologist’.

Jackson’s staunch refusal to offer a definition of a woman came at the end of the second day of questioning which tackled the big issues of race, abortion and judicial philosophy.

It was a grueling marathon of debate for President Joe Biden’s pick, who is making history as the first black woman nominated for the court.

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