(AP) — Sen. Cory Booker delivered a speech on racial progress Wednesday during the third day of hearings on Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination, drawing tears from the nominee and the attention of aides.
Booker, a Black Democrat from New Jersey, said he could no longer hold back his feelings that Jackson’s handling of child pornography matters, his representation of accused terrorists, and his views on anti-racist views on belligerent interrogation. How have you treated yourself? teaching in schools.
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“The humiliation you faced here was shocking to me,” said Booker, speaking directly to Jackson, who has been nominated to become the first black woman to the High Court.
“No one is taking it away from me,” Booker continued, suffocating as he spoke. Republicans are going to accuse you of this and that. But don’t worry, sister. Don’t worry. God got you. And how do I know that? Because you’re here, and I know how to sit in that seat. What do you have to do?”
Jackson, who was sitting quietly holding his hands, opened his fingers to grab a tissue and wiped the tears from his cheeks. This was the first time he had shown so much emotion in nearly two dozen hours of interrogation with senators.
Since the start of Jackson’s hearing on Monday, Democratic and Republican senators have saluted the nominee’s history-making appointment, praised his pedigree, and noted his pleasant disposition and sympathetic approach to the law.
But Booker used his remarks to attribute Jackson’s promotion to the Supreme Court to a significance beyond simple diversity. For Jackson to sit before the panel, he said, he had to overcome systemic barriers and achieve more at every level. Only then can he get a chance to break the last remaining racial boundary in American democracy.
Booker said, “I want to tell you, when I see you, I get emotional.” “I’m sorry, you’re a man who is so much more than your race and gender. You’re a Christian. You’re a mother. It’s hard for me not to look at you and not look at my mother. I’m my ancestors And I see your ancestors.”
He continued: “You earned this position. You deserve it. You are a great American.”
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After a day of alleged partisanship, every Republican in the room gave Booker their full attention. Leave for some sniffing, the room was completely quiet for the duration of his observations.
The chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Dick Durbin, D-Ill., retired shortly after Booker made a brief pause remark. Jackson hurriedly left the room with her husband.
During the recess, a line of people, including Jackson’s father, approached Booker and hugged him, many wiping away tears.
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, DR.I., who is white, later called Booker’s speech an “epic Senate moment and a moral reset after some really toxic, cynical behavior, which is similar to what the Senate has done in dark times.” Trolled through the perfect floor of the past.”
When the hearings resumed, a question from Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Calif., elicited more feelings from Jackson about him being an inspiration to young Americans. He said his comments and questions were “very touching”.
Jackson suffocated as she told the story of her visit to Harvard University, feeling as though she was not, when another black woman she didn’t know passed away and understood what she was feeling. “Stay firm,” he said as the woman told him.
Jackson said, “I hope to inspire people to try to follow this path, because I love this country, because I love the law, because I think it’s important that we Everyone invest in your future.” “And youth are the future.”
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