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Newt Gingrich: Jackson ‘Should Be Disqualified’ Unless She Can Define 'Woman'

By Emily Robertson | March 28, 2022 | 2:35pm EDT
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). (Photo credit: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). (Photo credit: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com)-- Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson "should be disqualified" from consideration on the Supreme Court "unless she can come back in and explain what a woman is and she can explain whether words like ‘he’ and ‘she’ are acceptable pronouns,” Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich told Fox News host Mark Levin on Sunday.  

Gingrich appeared on "Life, Liberty & Levin" to discuss his views on Jackson, Biden’s SCOTUS nominee, not being able to define the word "woman," suggesting that polls show Americans waking up to the culture war.

“Frankly, she should be disqualified unless she can come back in and explain what a woman is and she can explain whether words like ‘he’ and ‘she’ are acceptable pronouns. I honestly think that this is the core of the cultural war that we are in the middle of between a religiously-secular, anti-Christian, anti-Jewish, anti-Muslim belief system that wants to change all of us and get us to memorize 62 different pronouns so we can be sure to call people what they want to be called. I think she disqualified herself by that one answer because it was an answer, ‘No, I can’t define a woman,’ that is an answer.”   

“And anti-science, I might add," said Levin. "You don’t have to be a biologist, you could be a third-grader and know the difference between a boy and a girl. And I would say this, she’s promoted critical race theory in many instances and then she plays rope-a-dope like she didn’t know what critical race theory is.

Below is a transcript of this portion’s segment: 

Mark Levin: “I want to ask you about the U.S. Supreme Court. We have a nominee here who was chosen among a group of people for, among other reasons because she’s African American and she’s a woman. So, he [President Joe Biden] had a very limited list of individuals to choose from who served on the court and he picked the most radical one among them, supported by the most radical groups in America. And again, she was chosen because, among other things, two of her qualifications was she’s African American and a woman. And then when she was asked to define one of those qualifications, that is, what’s a ‘woman,’ she refused to do it. Isn’t she just hiding her true, radical ideology?” 

Newt Gingrich: “No, I think she laid it out pretty clearly; she can’t define what a woman is. Well, you show me somebody who can’t define what a woman is, I’ll show you somebody who is so radical that they clearly are not part of any reasonable mainstream and you put a person like that on the Court? I mean, I think she seems to have a pleasant personality, but she clearly has nutty ideas. But then look, I’m old-fashioned. I actually do think that there are men and there are women. I don’t think we have birthing persons, I think we have mothers. I don’t think that guys who pretend to be female and win swimming matches therefore are heroes or heroines, I’m not sure what you call them. I think that that destroys Title IX and destroys the future of women in athletics and I think that we ought to be blunt about this stuff and this is a fight we need.” 

And frankly, she should be disqualified unless she can come back in and explain what a woman is and she can explain whether words like ‘he’ and ‘she’ are acceptable pronouns. I honestly think that this is the core of the cultural war that we are in the middle of between a religiously-secular, anti-Christian, anti-Jewish, anti-Muslim belief system that wants to change all of us and get us to memorize 62 different pronouns so we can be sure to call people what they want to be called. I think she disqualified herself by that one answer because it was an answer, ‘No, I can’t define a woman,’ that is an answer.” 

Levin: “And anti-science, I might add. You don’t have to be a biologist, you could be a third-grader and know the difference between a boy and a girl. And I would say this, she’s promoted critical race theory in many instances and then she plays rope-a-dope like she didn’t know what critical race theory is. And Newt Gingrich, I want to ask you this, is this a winning argument for the Democrat Party? Because not a single Democrat in the Senate has spoken up against her. Biden, of all the people he could have chosen, chose her. This runs counter to the parental grassroots movement that goes on in this country, where people want to control their schools and these cases will come to the Supreme Court where she is going to be voting on what is the definition of a woman.”

Gingrich: “Right. Well, and the challenge you have is that the elite media and many of the largest corporations have so totally sold out on this whole transsexual issue that it is truly uphill. It’s a much harder argument, for example, than right to life because for some reason, the left has totally rallied at the fanatic intensity around this question. You know, Biden has twice said to transsexuals, you know, 'I have your back;' he didn’t say that to people who happen to be heterosexual, he didn’t say that to people who happen to be Christian or Jewish or Muslim, he didn’t say that to Latinos. He said it to one particular, narrow group. And for some reason, the left is fixated on this as the ultimate symbol of what they really believe in and you’re talking about maybe 5 or 10% of the country and I think this is an issue which is just one more thing that is alienating, you know, the most recent polling numbers, Latinos are becoming Republican, African Americans are beginning to break, the supervisor of the school board was recalled in San Francisco and over 70% vote, led by Asian Americans. You’ll begin to really see the country wake up to the culture war and unfortunately, this is the first Supreme Court nominee who represents the radicalism of the modern culture war. For that reason, I think she should not be confirmed.” 

Levin: “Absolutely, anybody who votes for her is voting for a radical political activist on the Supreme Court and I really tire of conservatives saying 'we shouldn’t fight this one, we should keep our powder dry, she’s just replacing Breyer.' You stand and you fight, you explain --"

Gingrich: "No."

"-- and you persuade in every instance. This is a lifetime appointment.”                 

Emily Robertson is a CNSNews intern and a senior at Liberty University studying Strategic Communication with a double minor in Government and Politics & Policy. She has written for the Liberty Champion as an opinion writer and news reporter, as well as participated in other extracurricular activities involving law and politics.

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