Media praises Cory Booker for celebration of Ketanji Brown Jackson

"And you did not get there because of some left-wing agenda," Booker said. "You didn't get here because of some 'dark money' groups. You got here how every black woman in America who's gotten anywhere has done."

Ari Hoffman Seattle WA

Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) moved Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to tears Wednesday during her confirmation hearing.

"You did not get there because of some left-wing agenda," Booker said. "You didn't get here because of some 'dark money' groups. You got here how every black woman in America who's gotten anywhere has done, by being, like Ginger Rogers said, 'I did everything Fred Astaire did but backwards in heels.'"

Jackson reached for tissues at several points to wipe away tears during his tribute. Booker told Jackson, "It's not gonna stop. They're gonna accuse you of this and that. But don't worry, my sister, don't worry. God has got you. And how do I know that? Because you're here and I know what it has taken for you to sit in that seat."

This is the same senator who during the confirmation hearings for then-SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh in 2018 was praised by the mainstream media for pledging to release confidential emails allegedly sent by Kavanaugh.

Booker said at the time of Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings: "This is about the closest I'll probably ever have in my life to an 'I am Spartacus' moment."

Booker pledged to even go so far as to sacrifice his Senate seat during the controversial Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, because he felt the 16-year-old emails from Kavanaugh discussing post-9/11 racial profiling as a White House lawyer were critical. Booker called his intended action an act of "civil disobedience" and said he was ready to face discipline.

However, that morning, restrictions on releasing the emails, which had been labeled "committee confidential," had been waived. Nothing that Booker released was marked "committee confidential" as the material was cleared for release despite the Democratic senator's dramatic claim of defying Senate rules.

A spokesman for the Republicans on the committee said in a statement at the time, "Apparently, someone just wanted to break the rules and make a scene, but didn't check their email." Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) added, "All of this drama this morning apparently was for nothing and it's unfortunate."

Mainstream media outlets fell for Booker's act back in 2018 amid the polarized media circus. Even after the truth about the documents was known, CNN's home page proclaimed, "Cory Booker releases confidential emails."

NBC followed suit at the time and posted: "Democrats force release of previously confidential Kavanaugh documents."

Meanwhile, CBS wrote, "Cory Booker releases 'classified confidential ' documents during Kavanaugh hearing."

Amid the Jackson hearing, CNN appears to have embraced Democrat's narrative again and proclaimed, "Republicans take their aggressive tactics to the next level."

Though Jackson has faced difficult, yet substantive questions on her record from the GOP, there have been no interruptions, outbursts or attacks on her character.

Ironically, Senate Democrats like Booker, who were so eager to release emails they attempted to portray as damaging to Kavanaugh's character, are now refusing pre-sentencing reports from Jackson's judiciary record. The Senate Judiciary Democrats held a press conference after the third day of the hearings Wednesday and reiterated that they will not release pre-sentencing reports on several of Jackson's cases. These reports are typically prepared by a defendant's probation officer and given to a judge before sentencing. Republicans are seeking the documents from seven cases involving child predators that Jackson ruled on.

Throughout Jackson's hearings, several Republican members on the Judiciary Committee repeatedly questioned Jackson with questions about her sentencing of child porn offenders as a federal court judge, attempting to demonstrate that she was soft on crime. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, called the GOP's questions on Jackson's judiciary record "…a cynical and poisonous attack."

Judiciary Committee chair Dick Durbin, who earlier in the high-profile hearings cut off Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas while he was questioning Jackson on her record said: "The information contained in these reports is dangerous, dangerous to the victims, and to the innocent people who are mentioned in these reports and unnecessary at this point. It's merely a fishing expedition in dangerous territory. Classified settings, redacted versions of the reports, this has never happened in the history of this committee."


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