Trump Jr. Calls Democrats 'Pro-Pedophile' in Response to Jackson Hearings

Donald Trump Jr. claimed that Democrats had become "pro-pedophile" as Republicans continued to accuse Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson of light sentencing for child pornography offenders during her confirmation hearings.

Trump was commenting on a tweet from conservative political activist Jack Posobiec, who said that Jackson had "glared" at Republican Texas Senator Ted Cruz during Wednesday's hearing after he asked why she had given "an industrial-level child porn trafficker a light sentence." Senate Judiciary Chairman Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, told Jackson that there was "no point in responding" while informing Cruz that he had exceeded his allotted time.

"When did Democrats become so pro-pedophile?" tweeted Trump. "Has it always been so or is it a more recent trend made easier by technology? At any other time in American history the mere defense of these perversions would be far more than disqualifying... now it's not even shameful to them."

Multiple Republicans, including Cruz and Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri, have claimed Jackson has a pattern of being too lenient when it comes to sentencing in child porn cases. Fact checks by outlets including the Associated Press and The Washington Post have deemed the claim to be misleading.

Jackson has defended her record, telling lawmakers on Tuesday that the cases are "some of the most difficult" to deal with and that "nothing could be further from the truth" than claims that she has been too lenient. Republicans have continued to focus on the issue throughout her first three days of hearings.

When Hawley asked if she had regretted issuing a three-month sentence in one often-cited case on Wednesday, Jackson refused to directly answer while blasting the Missouri Republican's line of questioning.

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Donald Trump Jr. claimed that Democrats had "become so pro-pedophile" as Republicans continued to accuse Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson of being lenient towards child porn offenders during her Senate confirmation hearings. Trump is pictured above during the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida, on February 27, 2022. CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP/Getty

"Senator, what I regret is that in a hearing about my qualifications to be a justice on the Supreme Court, we've spent a lot of time focusing on this small subset of my sentences," Jackson said.

"And I've tried to explain many times," she added. "In every case, I've followed what Congress authorized me to do...I've ruled in every case based on all of the relevant factors."

Democratic leaders have been among those to note that the child porn case-related attacks on Jackson could play into the baseless beliefs of QAnon, the baseless conspiracy theory that claims former President Donald Trump is secretly fighting a "deep state" of Democrats and Hollywood "elites" involved in a Satanic child sex trafficking ring.

White House Deputy Press Secretary Andrew Bates described the claim as a "QAnon-signaling smear" in a tweet on Tuesday, while sharing links to five different articles that debunk the notion that Jackson had been lenient towards child porn offenders.

Newsweek reached out to the Democratic National Convention and Dick Durbin's office for comment.