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‘He Was Also Perfect’: Joy Behar Says Ketanji Brown Jackson Reminds Her Of Barack Obama
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: Joy Behar attends the 2017 Broadcasting & Cable Hall Of Fame 27th Anniversary Gala at Grand Hyatt New York on October 16, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Santiago Felipe/Getty Images)
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Joy Behar said Wednesday that Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson reminded her of former President Barack Obama because “he was also perfect.”

Behar joined her co-hosts on ABC’s “The View,” and they spent part of the show discussing their opinions of Judge Jackson and panning Republicans’ questions from her ongoing confirmation hearings.

Whoopi Goldberg brought the topic to the table, opening the segment with a montage of several Republican senators questioning Jackson. First was Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) using questions about Jackson’s faith to drive home a point about the way Justice Amy Coney Barrett was treated. Second was Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), who asked whether Judge Jackson could define the word “woman” — and she could not. The video concluded with Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), who asked about Jackson’s position on Critical Race Theory.

“So I just want to start – let me just say this. Lindsey Graham, you should be ashamed of yourself,” Goldberg said, arguing that Graham had not mentioned any of those concerns during Jackson’s previous hearings. “The last three times this woman came before you, you were fine with her. Suddenly now you don’t know what you are doing.”

Goldberg went on to bring up Justice Brett Kavanaugh, arguing that Republicans were suddenly raising concerns about sex crimes — specifically, Judge Jackson’s record regarding imposing lesser sentences for people convicted on child pornography charges — after not caring about the accusations leveled against him.

“They didn’t want to hear about sex crimes when Kavanaugh was being nominated,” Goldberg said, prompting applause from the audience. “So I’m just – just, and that’s all – and she has not been accused of a sex crime, okay? I’m just saying that.”

She turned the floor over to co-host Sunny Hostin then, who said that she had watched hours of the hearings the day before.

“I recognized the look that she was giving them. It’s sort of the black woman look when you are dealing with this mess all the time and you’re, like – right? I noticed that. I think when your qualifications are so unassailable, I think you – they’re subjecting her to the histrionics and political theater because they have nothing else,” Hostin claimed.

Hostin went on to suggest that Republicans were trying to use Jackson’s hearing to turn Dr. Ibram X. Kendi into the “bogeyman.”

“His qualifications are also unassailable, and his life’s work is about teaching people about racism, and how – how to be an ally, and how not to be racist, but somehow I don’t think the Republicans are into that,” Hostin said, saying that in her opinion, Cruz should also “be ashamed.”

“All I have to say is Ketanji reminded me of Obama a little bit because he was also perfect,” Behar interjected then. “He had nothing wrong going on. … What you have here are 50 senators who are going to vote against this woman who is above reproach, the first black woman in that position. That is going to be on their record, and that’s why they’re asking these dumb questions. So that they can have something to bring back to their constituency when they go home and say, well, look at, she doesn’t believe babies are racist and whatever they’re talking about. Who even knows what they’re talking about? But they need something because it’s an embarrassment to the country to vote against a woman of this caliber.”

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