How Republicans Behaved When Jackson Was Confirmed Was Despicable — And CNN’s Gloria Borger Called Them Out for It
CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger had some sharp and well-deserved words for the “rude” Republicans who stormed out of the U.S. Senate Chamber without clapping for Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation to the Supreme Court.
Borger, appearing on CNN Newsroom alongside a few of her colleagues Thursday to share her thoughts on the Senate’s 53-47 vote confirming Jackson as the nation’s first African-American woman to the Supreme Court, Mediaite reports. Democrats in the Chamber met the vote with a standing ovation but several Republicans, in a particularly childish move were seen walking out in the midst of the applause.
In a historic move, the Senate has confirmed Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's nomination to the Supreme Court. Watch the moment Democrats gave a standing ovation while some GOP members walked out of the chamber. pic.twitter.com/gkUd2dHpL7
— CNN (@CNN) April 7, 2022
Borger noted only three Republicans thought outside the party box and voted in Jackson’s favor with the Democrats but then turned her attention — and her criticism to the Republicans who “could not leave that chamber quickly enough. And I think it was rude!”
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And she told Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) a thing or two. She chided Paul for being late to the vote and criticized Graham for voting from the Cloak Room because he wasn’t wearing a tie.
“I think it was rude that Rand Paul was late. Maybe he had a late flight, so we’ll give him that excuse,” she said. “But I mean…Ali Zaslov and our hill team is reporting that Lindsey Graham wasn’t wearing the required tie, so he had to vote from outside the chamber in the cloakroom. Okay. But this is a moment in history, and you ought to show up! Whether you agree with the outcome or not, you need to pay this woman the respect that she is due! And you need to do that for any Supreme Court nominee.”
Borger also cited recent polls showing that Jackson is well-supported among the American people.
“I think the public was against those people who decided they couldn’t stay in that chamber,” Borger said. “This may boomerang for them (let’s hope so). But at the very least, even if you disagree with the result, you can honor her achievement, and they couldn’t stay to do that.”
I’ve included these clips below, which illustrate just how low Republicans can go. Shame on them!
— Evan McMurry (@evanmcmurry) April 7, 2022
Lindsey Graham didn't wear a tie for the occasion of Ketanji Brown Jackson's confirmation to become the 1st black woman on the Supreme Court
that meant he wasn't allowed on the Senate floor and voted "no" from the cloakroom
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) April 7, 2022