Left-wing CNN commentator John Harwood’s bigotry reached new lows yesterday when he tried to make an awful, illogical comparison between Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation vote and that of former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.
CNN’s John Harwood sinks to new low in tweet about Ketanji Brown Jackson confirmation
As he often does, Harwood misled his audience on basic facts, implying that those who voted against Jackson’s confirmation did so because of racism instead of any of the many valid reasons why someone might oppose a Supreme Court nominee.
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 old Confederacy voted no or didn’t vote; when Ketanji Brown Jackson was confirmed today to become the first black woman, 18 of 22 voted no.” Despite Harwood’s attempt to spread ignorance, there is a world of difference between Marshall and Jackson. Marshall, for example, would have had no problem defining the word “woman.”
Harwood’s insinuation, of course, is that Southern Senators are as racist now as their Dixiecrat predecessors. He conveniently omitted a couple of important facts. One is that one of the senators “from a state of the old Confederacy” to vote against Jackson is black — South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott. This helps show how ridiculous Harwood’s tweet really is, but it gets worse.
Jackson is only the third black Supreme Court justice. Harwood deliberately leaves out the confirmation vote of Justice Clarence Thomas. Forty-eight senators, including eight out of the 15 Democratic senators “from a state of the old Confederacy,” voted against Thomas, and that was not in the 1960s but in 1991. Harwood also conveniently left out that all seven of the Republican senators “from a state of the old Confederacy” voted in favor of Thomas.
By the way, President Joe Biden and former Vice President Al Gore were among those who voted against Thomas. Does that make them racist, too?
Thomas and Brown are expected to be very different justices. Maybe if Harwood were not so determined to think the worst about anyone who disagrees with him, he would be able to conceive that maybe this has more to do with philosophical differences than race. Then again, maybe Harwood has too much personal baggage to be objective in his coverage of the U.S. Senate.
Confirmation votes for Supreme Court justices tend to be along party lines nowadays. That was true of Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, and Brett Kavanaugh. And now, it’s true of Jackson. Harwood is a propagandist attempting to racialize a political disagreement, and he is perfectly willing to make a black justice disappear in the process of scoring his cheap point. Some people just can’t tolerate the idea that other people have different opinions.
Per: Washington Examiner
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