Reaction Rolls in as Republicans Say They'll Vote No on Jackson

Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee are announcing they will not be voting in favor of Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, prompting backlash on social media.

The decisions come after Jackson was grilled by the Senate for hours this week, answering questions from both Democrats and Republicans. GOP members characterized Jackson's judicial views as extremist and soft on crime, making it increasingly clear that they do not agree with her.

Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse announced Friday that he would not be voting to confirm Jackson to the high court, although he sprinkled in some praise for the judge.

"Judge Jackson is an extraordinary American story," Sasse said in a statement. "We both love this country, but we disagree on judicial philosophy and I am sadly unable to vote for this confirmation."

"Judge Jackson has impeccable credentials and a deep knowledge of the law, but at every turn this week, she not only refused to claim originalism as her judicial philosophy, she refused to claim any judicial philosophy at all," he continued.

Judicial philosophy refers to the underlying ideas and beliefs of a judge that shape their rulings. Republicans have called out Jackson for not giving them a straight answer outlining her philosophy.

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Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans said they will not be voting for Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, eliciting backlash on social media. Above, Jackson testifies at her confirmation hearing in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill, March 22, 2022, in Washington, D.C. Getty Images

People took to Twitter unsatisfied with Sasse's reasoning for not voting for Jackson since he complimented her numerous times.

"Of course Ben Sasse is opposing Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. He did his one conscience vote to impeach Trump, but the price is he'll spend the rest of his time alive kissing every RW arse to try and retain office," said Cliff Schecter, columnist for Daily Beast.

"Ben Sasse is a piece of garbage," said Charles Gaba, healthcare policy analyst. "He can gussy it up in flowery language but at the end of the day that's all he is."

Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker agreed with Sasse that he was not impressed with Jackson's judicial philosophy and was also criticized online.

"Last year, I voted against confirming Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to a federal appeals court because I had serious doubts about her record and judicial philosophy. After seeing her closely examined this week by the Senate Judiciary Committee, I stand by my original concerns."

"Seriously. Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is the most qualified and experienced person nominated for SCOTUS in the past 40+ years," said Tony Bradley, editor-in-chief of Xpective. "Republicans—male and female—embarrassed themselves and were a disgrace to the US Senate."

Newsweek reached out Sasse and Wicker for further comment.