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“What faith are you, by the way?” Graham asked Jackson

PHOTO CREDIT: By U.S. Senate Photo Office, Brett Flashnick

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) drilled into Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on Tuesday, his line of questioning became more combative, asking her about her religious faith, her defense of Guantánamo Bay prisoners and whether she was aware of what he said were left-wing attacks on his preferred Supreme Court nominee.

Senator Graham has also stated his disapproval of Democratic questioning during confirmation hearings for former President Trump's Supreme Court nominees, and he has repeatedly sought to emphasize that there is a double standard for nominations from different presidents.

As Graham began his questioning, he abruptly asked Jackson about her faith.

“What faith are you, by the way?” he asked.

She replied that she is a nondenominational protestant, and he asked: "Could you fairly judge a Catholic?"."”

Angry that Jackson resisted talking about her religious views, Graham turned quickly to how Democrats scrutinized Coney Barrett's Catholic faith as a Supreme Court nominee in 2017 and 2020.

“How would you feel if a senator up here said of your faith 'the dogma lives loudly within you and that’s of concern'?" he said, alluding to what Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) famously told Barrett when she was nominated to a federal appeals court in 2017.

“You’re reluctant to talk about it because it’s uncomfortable. Just imagine what would happen if people on late-night television called you a f’ing nut speaking in tongues because you practice the Catholic faith in a way they couldn’t relate to,” Senator Graham added, making clear he still has a chip on his shoulder over how Democrats and the media treated Barrett.

22 March 2022


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