Joe Biden selected Ketanji Brown Jackson to be his nominee for the Supreme Court because she checked the right identity politics boxes.
Biden is learning the hard way that making selections based on race and gender come back to bite you.
And Ketanji Brown Jackson gave one answer to a question that will leave you speechless.
During the first day of Jackson’s questioning from senators, Tennessee Republican Marsha Blackburn asked Jackson a fairly straightforward question: What is a woman?
Blackburn asked Jackson this in context of a question about a 1995 Supreme Court case, United States v. Virginia, in which the Supreme Court ruled Virginia Military Institute’s ban on female cadets violated the Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause.
In her question, Blackburn cited the late liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s opinion citing the inherent physical differences between men and women.
“Supposed inherent differences are no longer accepted as a ground for race or national origin classifications. Physical differences between men and women, however, are enduring. The two sexes are not fungible. A community made up exclusively of one sex is different from a community composed of both,” Ginsburg wrote.
Blackburn asked Jackson if Ginsburg was correct that men and women are different and if Jackson could define what a woman was.
Jackson – who did not want to run afoul of left-wing orthodoxy that now says that gender is a social construct – claimed she could not define what a woman was because she is not a biologist.
Mediaite reports on the exchange between Senator Blackburn and Jackson:
BLACKBURN: I’d love to get your opinion on that, and you can submit that. Do you interpret Justice Ginsburg’s meaning of men and women as male and female?
JACKSON: Again, because I don’t know the case, I do not know how I’d interpret it. I’d need to read the whole thing.
BLACKBURN: Ok. And can you provide a definition for the word “woman”?
JACKSON: Can I provide a definition?
JACKSON: No. I can’t.
BLACKBURN: You can’t?
JACKSON: Not in this context. I’m not a biologist.
That astounding answer – all Jackson had to do was say one could look in the mirror and define what a woman was – opened the flood gates.
The following day Texas Senator Ted Cruz asked Jackson about a case before the Supreme Court where Asian applicants sued Harvard claiming affirmative action programs discriminated against them.
Cruz asked Jackson if he could change his gender every hour and if he could suddenly identify as an Asian man and sue Harvard.
“Ok, if I can change my gender, if I can be a woman and an hour later if I decide that I’m not a woman anymore, I guess I would lose Article III standing,” Cruz stated. “Tell me, does that same principle apply to other protected characteristics? For example, I’m an Hispanic man. Could I decide I was an Asian man? Would I have the ability to be an Asian man and challenge Harvard’s discrimination because I made that decision?”
Jackson’s answers were mind-boggling.
Clearly, Ketanji Brown Jackson knows what a woman is.
But it speaks to the power of the cultural left that even Jackson was afraid to speak a word crosswise with the woke mob’s dogmas out of fear of being canceled.
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