Former Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii railed at President Joe Biden’s Supreme Court nominee Judge Kentanji Brown Jackson following testimony on Wednesday in which she refused to respond to a question about gender identification.
When Jackson was asked by Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) if she could tell her the definition of a “woman,” Jackson responded that should could not because “I’m not a biologist.”
Gabbard, who has routinely blasted her own party, took umbrage with that.
“In order to have a Supreme Court committed to protecting the rights of all Americans, including women, every justice needs to understand there is such a thing as a woman, as distinct from a man,” Gabbard noted on Twitter. “Yet when asked to define the word ‘woman,’ Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson said, ‘I don’t know.’”
(2/2) … Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson said, “I don’t know.” The hypocrisy and absurdity of this is that she was nominated by President Biden in large part because she is a woman.
— Tulsi Gabbard 🌺
“The hypocrisy and absurdity of this is that she was nominated by President Biden in large part because she is a woman,” Gabbard noted further.
During her confirmation hearing, Jackson was asked by Blackburn, “Can you provide a definition for the word ‘woman’?”
“Can I provide a definition?” Jackson repeated.
“Yeah,” Blackburn said, to which Jackson replied, “I can’t.”
“You can’t?” Blackburn asked.
“Not — in this context, I’m not a biologist,” Jackson laughed.
“So you believe the meaning of the word ‘woman’ is so unclear and controversial that you can’t give me a definition?” Blackburn pressed.
“Senator, in my work as a judge, what I do is I address disputes,” Jackson responded. “If there is a dispute about a definition, people make arguments and I look at the law and I decide, so — I’m not —”
Blackburn interrupted at that point to reply that “the fact that you can’t give me a straight answer about something as fundamental as what a woman is, underscores the dangers of the kind of progressive education that we are hearing about.”