Senator Ted Cruz was among those to question SCOTUS nominee, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, this week.
Like other senior Republicans, including Lindsey Graham and Josh Hawley, Cruz’s questions pushed Jackson on culture war issues such as gender identity and critical race theory. He also asked Jackson about her past handling of child pornography cases.
In the end, Cruz overran his time and had to be cut off by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin. However, his grandstanding prompted plenty of backlash online.
Among the bluntest was actor Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Sons of Anarchy). Perlman posted a video message to Cruz on Twitter.
“Hi Ted, Ron here,” Perlman said. “Listen, I know how tempting it is to appeal to the real lowest form of humanity here in the United States, the bottom feeders, people who pride themselves on hatred and un-education and inability to read and inability to understand the difference between true patriotism and the bullshit you’re selling.
“I know how tempting it is to play to those people,” Perlman continued. “Because at least you have a base, but Jesus Christ Ted, for somebody with a really, really small dick, you get to be a bigger prick every fucking day. Go fuck yourself.”
— Ron Perlman (@perlmutations) March 23, 2022
Others to criticize Cruz were Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. During his questioning, Cruz highlighted several books he took issue with, including Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi, and The End of Policing by Alex S. Vitale. Cruz held up what appeared to be a mint condition copy of the latter book.
AOC tweeted a photo, saying: “When you’re showing off the next book you want banned with the perfect edges and everything to underscore to everyone you haven’t actually read it.”
When you’re showing off the next book you want banned with the perfect edges and everything to underscore to everyone you haven’t actually read it pic.twitter.com/XNBqBOlxsC
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 22, 2022
After Cruz’s mention of the book, it shot up the Amazon sales charts, prompting a response from its author, Vitale.
Every purchase now comes with a vial of Ted Cruz tears.
— Alex Vitale (@avitale) March 23, 2022
Ted Cruz is a former student of the prominent lawyer Alan Dershowitz, but his one-time mentor had no time for his line of questioning, blasting it as “absurd” during a live stream on Rumble.
Dershowitz took particular exception to Cruz’s comments about gender identity, asking Jackson that if someone can change gender whether he, a Hispanic man, could change to be Asian. Jackson declined to answer “hypotheticals”.
Here’s a few more responses to Cruz’s inquisition of Jackson.
I can’t get over the fact that Ted Cruz yelled at Montana airport employees “DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM?” and they had to call the cops on him because he was so pissed that he was missing his flight back to DC to ask Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson if babies are racist
— Laura Bassett (@LEBassett) March 22, 2022
Lindsey Graham, Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley need to smile more. And they’re so emotional! And their voices sound shrill, they seem hysterical. It must be that time of the month.
— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy_Siskind) March 22, 2022
Having to pretend to respect Ted Cruz for three whole days seems by far the hardest part of the SCOTUS confirmation process
— Hari Kunzru (@harikunzru) March 23, 2022
Ben Sasse moments after Ted Cruz throws a performative tantrum that was tailormade for Hannity: “I think we should recognize that the jackassery we often see around here is partly because of people mugging for short-term camera opportunities.” pic.twitter.com/3YqBgrrXNR
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 23, 2022
If anyone has questions about Ketanji Brown Jackson’s judicial demeanor they’re fully resolved by how patiently & skillfully she’s responded to Ted Cruz’s “questions.”
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) March 22, 2022
Dear Ted Cruz,
You will never be President.
All of America.
— Jack Cocchiarella (@JDCocchiarella) March 23, 2022