Sens. Cruz, Hawley: SCOTUS Nominee Unable to Define ‘Woman’ is ‘Remarkable,’ Ridiculous,' and ‘Bizarre’

Emily Robertson | March 28, 2022 | 1:34pm EDT
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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), left, and Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.)  (Getty Images)
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), left, and Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) (Getty Images)

(—When asked whether someone who doesn’t know what a woman is should serve on the Supreme Court, a couple of GOP senators said no, and added that the judge’s response was remarkable, ridiculous, and bizarre.

At the Capitol on March 24, asked two GOP senators, “Senator Blackburn asked Judge Jackson to define the word ‘woman’ and Judge Jackson said, ‘No. I can’t.’ Should someone who does not know what a woman is serve on the Supreme Court?”

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) said, “Of course not. That was a remarkable exchange and a ridiculous exchange. And as I noted yesterday, Judge [Ketanji] Jackson is likely the first person ever nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court who is unable to answer the question ‘what is a woman?’”

“That’s the modern left where, unfortunately, even simple questions like ‘what is a woman?’ are now forbidden from the modern language,” he added.

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) said, “Well, I thought—listen, I’m not going to support her nomination and I thought that answer was very bizarre. So, and I noticed she tried to clean it up on, I guess that was Tuesday, she tried to clean it up on Wednesday.”

So, it seemed like an easy answer to me but—and I think Senator Blackburn was surprised -- but she won’t be getting my support,” said Hawley.

On Tuesday, March 22, at the confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.)  asked Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson if she could define the word woman, and she responded saying that she could not.

Sen. Blackburn: “Can you provide a definition for the word woman?”

Judge Jackson: “Can I provide a definition? No. I can’t.”

Sen. Blackburn: “You can’t?”

Judge Jackson: “Not in this context, I’m not a biologist.”

Sen. Blackburn: “Okay, so you believe the meaning of the word ‘woman’ is so unclear and controversial that you can’t give me a definition?”

Judge Jackson: “Senator, in my work as a judge, what I do is I address disputes. If there is a dispute about a definition, people make arguments, and I look at the law, and I decide. So, I’m not—."

Sen. Blackburn: “Well, the fact that you can’t give me a straight answer about something as fundamental as what a woman is underscores the dangers of the kind of progressive education that we are hearing about.

“Just last week an entire generation of young girls watched as our taxpayer-funded institutions permitted a biological man to compete and beat a biological woman in the NCAA swimming championships. What message do you think this sends to girls who aspire to compete and win in sports at the highest levels?”

Judge Jackson: “Senator, I’m not sure what message that sends. If you’re asking me about the legal issues related to it, those are topics that are being hotly discussed, as you say, and could come to the court. So, I’m not able to—”

Sen. Blackburn: “And I think it tells our girls that their voices don’t matter. I think it tells them that they’re second-class citizens, and parents want to have a Supreme Court justice who is committed to preserving parental autonomy and protecting our nation’s children.” 

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