Manchin Rips GOP for ‘Disgraceful,’ ‘Embarrassing’ Jackson Hearings

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) hit out at Republicans in the Senate over their “disgraceful” and “embarrassing” treatment of Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson during hearings last week.

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Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Josh Hawley of Missouri both hammered Jackson over her sentences in child pornography cases and her seat on the board of a private school in Georgetown during the hearings last week, drawing condemnation from Democrats.

Manchin told reporters on Tuesday that Republicans’ questioning and conduct “was disgraceful, it really was, what I saw. And I met with her and I read all the transcripts. I listened to basically the hearings, and it just was embarrassing.”

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He went on to say, “It’s not who we are. It’s not what we were sent here to do, to attack other people and just try to tear them down. I won’t be part of that. I think she’s extremely well-qualified, and I think she’ll be an exemplary judge.”

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin (D-IL) said on Tuesday that “four or five” GOP senators behaved disrespectfully after pledging to carry out a “dignified” series of hearings.

“This notion of asking the toughest and meanest questions and then race to Twitter to see if somebody is tweeting it, I mean that’s as bad as playing to the cameras on the worst day,” he said. Read more at Newsmax.