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Republicans Blasted For Walking Out During Applause After Ketanji Brown Jackson Is Confirmed

Republicans Blasted For Walking Out During Applause After Ketanji Brown Jackson Is Confirmed
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On Thursday, April 6, the Senate officially confirmed Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to serve on the United States Supreme Court to replace the outgoing Associate Justice Stephen Breyer.

Jackson will be the first Black woman to serve on the nation's highest court. Her historic moment was met with applause after she was confirmed in a 53-47 vote.

But not everyone was happy.

Video footage of the moment shows several Republican Senators walked out amid the applause.

The one Republican Senator filmed joining the applause as colleagues walked out was Senator Mitt Romney, a Utah Republican who along with Senators Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) broke with the GOP to confirm Jackson to significant criticism from their colleagues.

Sitting next to Romney was Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz, who was caught on camera gathering his belongings amid the applause.

The video soon attracted the attention of The Lincoln Project, a political action committee formed by former and incumbent Republicans who've criticized the GOP's trajectory since former President Donald Trump took office.

In a tweet, the organization suggested the opposition from Republicans is racially motivated, saying "they're afraid of the court representing what America actually looks like."

Others offered similar criticisms of Republicans for their behavior.

Jackson's confirmation process was politically contentious, characterized by repeated attacks from Republicans who cast her as a liberal extremist with a lenient sentencing record.

Earlier this week, Georgia Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene was criticized for attacking Collins, Murkowski and Romney for vowing to vote to confirm Jackson, suggesting they were "pro-pedophile."

During Jackson's confirmation hearings, top Republicans including Senator Josh Hawley (Missouri), accused Jackson of being too lenient on child sex offenders, pointing to her past statements on sex offender registries and civil commitment, in addition to her views on mandatory minimums.

Conservatives who suggested Jackson's rulings were evidence she "supports pedophilia" were quickly fact checked by The New York Times, which noted "they omitted the context of her remarks and sentencing decisions."

Similarly, Arkansas Republican Senator Tom Cotton was excoriated by Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chair Jaime Harrison after he said that Jackson might have defended Nazis accused of war crimes if given the opportunity.