WaPo columnist doubles down on condemning GOP treatment of Judge Jackson, excusing Kavanaugh attacks

Ketanji Brown Jackson is President Biden's nominee to the Supreme Court

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Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus doubled down on her claim that Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson is being treated unfairly by Republicans.

On Wednesday, Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., posted a lengthy Twitter thread criticizing President Biden’s Supreme Court nominee for giving out lenient sentences to sex offenders and child predators.

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Judge Jackson and Sen. Hawley

Judge Jackson and Sen. Hawley (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images | Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

"Judge Jackson has a pattern of letting child porn offenders off the hook for their appalling crimes, both as a judge and as a policymaker," Hawley tweeted. "She’s been advocating for it since law school. This goes beyond ‘soft on crime.’ I’m concerned that this a record that endangers our children."

Progressives pounced on Hawley's comments as a false attack against Judge Jackson. 

Marcus was one of those progressives slamming Hawley. She published an op-ed on Friday titled, "Josh Hawley lets us know how low the GOP plans to go in questioning Jackson."

"Hawley’s attack is part of a broader Republican barrage seeking to portray Jackson as soft on crime (she was a public defender) and supportive of terrorists (she advocated for Guantánamo Bay detainees as a public defender and in private practice). Such representation, of course, is in the finest tradition of American lawyering; its necessity is enshrined in the Constitution," Marcus wrote. "But now we are reduced to this kind of smarm from the Republican National Committee, recycling Hawley."

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson speaks after President Biden announced Jackson as his nominee to the Supreme Court in the Cross Hall of the White House, Friday, Feb. 25, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson speaks after President Biden announced Jackson as his nominee to the Supreme Court in the Cross Hall of the White House, Friday, Feb. 25, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Conservatives were quick to highlight Democrats’ attacks against Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his Supreme Court hearings in 2018. Hawley press secretary Abigail Marone pointed out that Marcus was among many who defended Christine Blasey Ford’s accusations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh despite the lack of evidence. 

In addition, Marcus published a book critical of Kavanaugh in 2019.

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However, Marcus insisted the two situations were different, explaining that Ford’s testimony was "convincing" while Hawley’s thread was "cherry-picked."

"Both of these columns are fair, accurate and consistent. I found Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony about Brett Kavanaugh’s behavior convincing, but there was room for doubt. Here there is a completely out of context and cherry-picked attack on a nominee," Marcus tweeted.

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Jackson’s hearings for her Supreme Court nomination will being on Monday.

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