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CNN White House reporter invokes ‘old Confederacy’ to criticize GOP senators voting against Judge Jackson


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CNN White House reporter John Harwood compared Republican senators who voted against confirming Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson to Confederacy.

Jackson was confirmed to the Supreme Court on Thursday by a vote of 53 to 47. All Democratic senators voted to confirm Jackson with Republican senators Mitt Romney, Utah, Susan Collins, Maine and Lisa Murkowski, Alaska.

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Harwood criticized Republicans’ opposition to Jackson, suggesting they are comparable to Confederate sympathizers who voted against Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

Thurgood Marshall, the great-grandson of a slave, becomes the first black member of the United States Supreme Court.
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“When Thurgood Marshall was confirmed in 1967 to become the first black man on the Supreme Court, 16 of 22 senators from the 11 states of the former Confederacy voted no or did not vote, when Ketanji Brown Jackson was confirmed today to become the first black woman, 18 out of 22 voted no,” Harwood tweeted.

CNN White House reporter invokes ‘old Confederacy’ to criticize GOP senators voting against Judge Jackson

John Harwood tweeted “When Thurgood Marshall was confirmed in 1967 to become the first black man on the Supreme Court, 16 of 22 senators from the 11 states of the former Confederacy voted no or did not vote when Ketanji Brown Jackson was confirmed today to become the first black woman, 18 out of 22 voted no”
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Marshall was confirmed to the Supreme Court in 1967 in a 69-11 vote with twenty voters abstaining or voting present. Of the thirty-one senators who voted no or abstained, twenty-seven were Democrats.

Throughout the confirmation process, the Democrats’ allies in the media have accused Republicans of “abusing” Jackson by questioning his criminal record in child pornography cases. ABC’s ‘The View’ and MSNBC’s Joy Reid suggested the Republican opposition is racially motivated while others repeated a talking point from the White House and said they were signaling to an extremist base marginal.

CNN White House reporter invokes ‘old Confederacy’ to criticize GOP senators voting against Judge Jackson

Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson testifies during her Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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Last month, Harwood suggested that criticizing Jackson’s business record is “dangerous” because it allegedly calls for violence.

“On ambitious GOP senators ‘playing grassroots’ with KBJ: – conservative magazine Nat’l calls their attacks ‘without merit’ – they know deranged man fantasizing about Democrats and child sex trafficking fired an assault rifle in a dc pizzeria in 2016 politics fun games can get dangerous,” Harwood tweeted.

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