It goes without saying – or, at least, it should – that any nominee to the Supreme Court of the United States, the highest court in the land dealing with some of the nation’s toughest legal questions, should be well-grounded in fact and knowledgeable about, at the very least, the foundational building blocks of life and society.
Which, if we're to take her at her word, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is not.
During the second day of her confirmation hearing before the U.S. Senate, Jackson, Biden’s pick to fill former Justice Stephen Breyer’s now-vacant seat, said she was unable to define the word “woman” because she is “not a biologist.”
“Can you provide a definition for the word woman?" asked Senator Marsha Blackburn.
“No, I can’t,” Jackson responded.
“Not…not in this context. I’m not a biologist,” she continued, after a pause.
She then launched into a counterargument claiming that as a judge, she would first have to hear arguments from both sides before ruling on a dispute over the definition of a word.
Sen. Marsha Blackburn: "Can you provide a definition for the word woman?"— Benny (@bennyjohnson) March 23, 2022
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson: "I can't… I'm not a biologist."