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CNN allows Race-Better Guest to accuse GOP of ‘race-betting’ on Jackson

On friday New day, CNN’s Brianna Kyler hosts another pile of criticism of Republicans for their treatment of Ketanji Brown Jackson, the liberal nominee for U.S. Supreme Court judge. Frequent guest Sophia Nelson, who has a history of provocative attacks on black conservatives, accuses Republicans of “race-temptation” during their interrogation.

After informing viewers that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell would vote against confirming Judge Jackson, Kyler raised Republican allegations about Democrats’ treatment of Justice Brett Kavanagh since 2018 and asked Nelson for his reaction to Jackson’s hearing.

Nelson, a disgruntled former Republican who is currently a contributing editor GrioAs soon as he started, he charged “race-biting”:

Look As a Republican for 25 years of my life as a black woman, I understand how difficult it is to be part of a party. But the humiliation and disrespect we saw last week, let’s not take it for granted – it was the temptation to race. – It was politics. – It was arrogance. This judge has not said or done anything in his past that supports this type of attack.

After acknowledging that he believed Kavanagh should have been treated better, he added:

But the point here is, if you look at the record, Republicans have backed Ketanji Brown Jackson in the past. Mitch McConnell voted for him – Ted Cruz voted for him – (John) Thun voted for him – (Chuck) Grassley – So For them, it is time to move on and say that this woman is incompetent or that she has been omitted – because she has not determined what a woman is for Marsha Blackburn. Sorry.

Nelson has his own history of making provocative remarks about race. In September 2020, after Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron decided not to sue police officers who shot Brauna Taylor while executing a late-night warrant with her ex-boyfriend, Nelson called the black Republican attorney general a “Uncle Tom” and step & fetch Negro “.

He later defended the attack and refused to apologize.

Since then, Nelson has appeared on CNN 15 times as a guest, according to Nexis, without any apparent consequences.

Shortly afterwards, Judge Nelson scoffed at Republicans for refusing to define the word “woman” in Jackson’s politically correct question:

This is a biased hacker act on this judge. Let’s deal. The reality is, as you say, this system is broken. Senator Cruz is an insult. Senator Graham was an insult. They did not ask him questions. They yelled at him, they stopped him, they didn’t let him respond. Senator Durbin was not as strong as if I were in the chair .’…

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Below the transcript, click “Extend” to read:

CNN’s New day
March 25, 2022
7:41 am East

BRIANA KEILAR: A day after a heated Senate question, minority leader Mitch McConnell told reporters he would not support Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson. He called his testimony “vague” and “obscure.” Jackson is expected to be sure, but the margin for the error will be thin. Joining me now is Carlos Moore, president of the National Bar Association. The organization has backed Judge Jackson. And with us, Sophia Nelson. He is a contributing editor GrioAnd the author of the book, Black women have been redefined: myths under Michelle Obama. He is a former House Republican investigative consultant.

(…)

So she was well-qualified, according to ABA, Sophia. Amy Connie Barrett is also quite qualified. The ABA has called for an FBI investigation into Brett Kavanagh. I just want to make it very clear about the difference between some of the differences and some of the reactions between these nominees.

So I wonder, Sophia, what did you think of the Republicans, what did they do during this hearing, and how do they seem to say, “Well, Brett Kavanagh was really treated unfairly”?

Sophia Nelson, The Grio: See, As a Republican for 25 years of my life as a black woman, I understand how difficult it is to be part of a party. But the humiliation and disrespect we saw last week, let’s not take it for granted – it was the temptation to race. – It was politics. – It was arrogance. This judge has not said or done anything in his past that supports this type of attack. He made a good distinction about Justice Kavanagh. I don’t think Justice Kavanagh has been treated well, Brianna. I thought they should have gone to the private session with that information and most importantly defended the judge and the witnesses, the kind of assaults and investigations they have come under.

But the point here is, if you look at the record, Republicans have backed Ketanji Brown Jackson in the past. Mitch McConnell voted for him – Ted Cruz voted for him – (John) Thun voted for him – (Chuck) Grassley – So For them, it is time to move on and say that this woman is incompetent or that she has been omitted – because she has not determined what a woman is for Marsha Blackburn. Sorry.

And so I think that really bothers me, Brianna, is this a historian nominee, isn’t it? Sandra Day O’Connor, 99 votes; Thargood Marshall, 69 votes. Sonia Sotomayor, 6 votes. We have a practice in the historic first senate like the first black woman or the first black man or the first woman to get significant bilateral support and this judge deserves it. And the way they treated him was horrible. I’m terrified of being a black woman.

KEYLER: Carlos, is it for you – to the American Bar Association – that we now see this completely biased division in the confirmation of judges, as we have seen with Amy Connie Barrett, and we hope to see Judge Jackson here?

(…)

Sophia, I want you both to listen to Mitch McConnell.

Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader: The last 48 hours have been a dry and friendly legal seminar compared to the circus the Democrats held in the country just a few years ago. The American people know that the federal judge is not asked too many questions about his record. I just hope the Senate gets more answers.

Kyler: What did you think, Sophia?

Nelson: This is a biased hacker act on this judge. Let’s deal. The reality is, as you say, this system is broken. Senator Cruz is an insult. Senator Graham was an insult. They did not ask him questions. They yelled at him, they stopped him, they didn’t let him respond. Senator Durbin was not as strong as if I were in the chair .’…

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