SCOTUS Nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson Gets Support From Conservative Leaders

Ketanji Brown Jackson Conservatives Endorsement Letter SCOTUS
A group of two dozen conservatives endorsed Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to serve on the Supreme Court on Thursday. Above, Jackson is pictured during a meeting with Senator Patrick Leahy at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on March 3. PEDRO UGARTE/AFP/Getty

President Joe Biden's Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson has received an endorsement from a group of two dozen prominent conservatives.

The endorsement came in a letter posted Thursday to the website of Checks & Balances, a self-described "group of attorneys who would traditionally be considered conservative or libertarian." The White House also shared the letter in a press release, boasting that "several former Republican members of Congress and high-ranking officials signed the letter." The Republican National Committee (RNC) and several current GOP lawmakers have blasted Jackson as a "radical" activist for Democrats.

While none of the conservatives who signed the letter had served in prominent government roles recently, those who signed included the Bush administration's former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, the Reagan administration's former Solicitor General Charles Fried and former GOP members of Congress Christopher Shays, Constance Morella and Mickey Edwards. They argued that Jackson was "indisputably" qualified to serve.

"We write to urge the speedy confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to serve on the Supreme Court," the letter states. "While some of us might differ concerning particular positions she has taken as a judge, we are united in our view that she is exceptionally well-qualified, given her breadth of experience, demonstrated ability, and personal attributes of intellect and character."

"By any standard, her qualifications for the job are at least on a par with any nominee in recent memory," it continues. "The question for the senators is not whether this is a nomination that they would make, but whether the president has put forward a nominee well qualified to serve on the Supreme Court."

Jackson, who would be the first-ever Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court, has also received endorsements from several other conservative lawyers and Republican-appointed judges.

After meeting with Jackson on Thursday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, said that there was "no question" she was qualified to serve on the court in an interview on the Guy Benson Show. He added that Senate Republicans would treat her confirmation hearings "respectfully."

However, the RNC described Jackson as "a Democrat partisan who will put far-left special interests ahead of defending the liberties of Americans" last week, with a number of Republican lawmakers seemingly agreeing.

Senator Lindsey Graham denounced Jackson as a member of the "radical left," despite being one of three Republican senators who voted to confirm her to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit last year.

Fox News host and conservative favorite Tucker Carlson has also questioned Jackson's credentials repeatedly, suggesting that she was only selected "on the basis of appearance" and was a "moron who hates" America during his show last Friday.

Carlson was accused of racism for demanding that Biden release Jackson's Law School Admission Test score on Wednesday's Tucker Carlson Tonight. Jackson graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she also served as the editor of the prestigious Harvard Law Review.

Prior to her appeals court appointment last year, Jackson was a federal district court judge for over eight years and served in multiple roles on the U.S. Sentencing Commission. She also has experience as a public defender and clerked for Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, who she is likely to replace.

A YouGov poll released last week found that a majority of Americans who had formed an opinion on the nomination believed that Jackson was qualified to serve on the court.

Newsweek reached out to the RNC for comment.