May 28, 2022

Trey Gowdy calls Democrats insistence on civility during the Supreme Court nomination hearings ‘ironic’

Former Congressman Trey Gowdy calls it “ironic” that Democrats are calling for civility during the confirmation process of President Joe Biden’s Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson.

According to Fox News the former congressman said that the confirmation process should be thorough, rigorous, and fair: “Senators claimed they want justices who are fair, but some senators act like partisan hacks,” Gowdy said.

The “Sunday Night in America” host recalled the dramatic chaos that came during the Supreme Court hearings to confirm Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh.

“Democrat Senators say they want a civilized hearing for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. That it is time to return to the old days of focusing on judicial philosophy and qualifications and experience rather than degrade the Senate with a hearing that resembles bad, reality TV shows,” Gowdy said. “Me too.”

“I hope the proceeding is dignified. I just wonder where these calls for civility were with the last two GOP nominees. With Brett Kavanaugh, there was a mini-criminal trial, they brought in a prosecutor, a complaining witness, no topic was off-limits.

“Allegations of rape and drunkenness abounded. Senators claimed they want justices who are fair, but some senators act like partisan hacks.”

The Fox News host went on to say that, “Surely things would be better for Judge Amy Coney Barrett? There would be less absurdity, surely there would be a desire for civility after the Kavanaugh fiasco? Surely not…Yes, I’m happy Senate Democrats have decided a little decorum is in order. I just find it ironic they want it now, but they didn’t want it back then.

“There is always a temptation to treat others as they have mistreated you and wrong others because you have been wronged. We should resist those temptations. A candidate’s judicial philosophy is a fair game, it’s fair to ask if a nominee can uphold a law they disagree with… It is fair to ask about criminal sentences imposed or not imposed and rules and orders and decisions. The confirmation process should be thorough, rigorous and fair. If you want the justices to be fair, why don’t you prove it by acting fairly in your treatment of those justices?”

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