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Supreme Court pick doesn’t know what a woman is
Joe Biden’s first supreme court pick is a woman who can’t define the term woman.
You just can’t make this stuff up!
As the confirmation hearing for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson went into hour 13, Sen. Marsha Blackburn asked the Supreme Court nominee on Tuesday to define the word “woman.”
“I can’t — ” Jackson replied.
“You can’t?” Blackburn said.
“Not in this context. I’m not a biologist,” Jackson said.
“The meaning of the word woman is so unclear and controversial that you can’t give me a definition?” Blackburn asked.
Jackson appeared like a deer caught in the headlights. It is staggering that a supposedly well educated woman being appointed to make the most powerful legal decisions in the US cannot even answer the most fundamental question pertaining to half the population.
“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,” Blackburn said, before turning to Thomas, who has been at the center of the debate over policies for transgender athletes.
Blackburn asked what message allowing Thomas to compete sends to “girls who aspire to compete and win in sports?”
“Senator, I’m not sure what message that sends. If you’re asking me about the legal issues related to it — those are topics that are being hotly discussed, as you say, and could come to the court,” Jackson said before Blackburn cut her off, to explain her view of what message this delivers to young women.
“I think it tells our girls that their voices don’t matter,” Blackburn responded. “I think it tells them that they’re second-class citizens. And parents want to have a Supreme Court justice who is committed to preserving parental autonomy and protecting our nation’s children.”
Kirralie Smith, Binary spokeswoman, applauded Blackburn for the line of questioning.
“All journalists, and any politician with a backbone, must be asking this fundamental question,” she said.
“The answer does not require a biology degree. It is plain and simple and essential. If you cannot define the term woman you cannot protect or promote women.”
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