Tucker Carlson calls for SCOTUS nom’s LSAT scores: ‘Americans in a Democracy have a right to know’

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson has demanded to see the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score of Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, arguing that it’s only fair given as the president has claimed she’s among the country’s “top legal minds.”

Carlson made the demand on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” a day after President Joe Biden delivered his first official State of the Union address.

During the address, the president said, “We all know one of the most serious constitutional responsibilities a president has is nominating someone to serve on the United States Supreme Court. As I did four days ago, I’ve nominated a Circuit Court of Appeals [judge], Ketanji Brown Jackson, one of our nation’s top legal minds who will continue in Justice Breyer’s legacy of excellence.”

The part about Jackson being among the country’s “top legal minds” threw Carlson for a loop because “that’s not a name most Americans know because Ketanji Brown Jackson has been an appellate judge for less than a year.”

This is true, though prior to her nomination to the appeals court, she’d been a district court judge for eight years. But on the other hand, her most recent predecessors, Justices Amy Coney Barrett and Brett Kavanaugh, had served on an appeals court for longer than one year before being elevated to the high court.

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Continuing his remarks, Carlson essentially asked for proof that Jackson truly is among the nation’s “top legal minds.”

“So is Ketanji Brown Jackson — a name that even Joe Biden has trouble pronouncing — one of the ‘top legal minds’ in the entire country? Certainly hope so. Biden’s right [that] appointing her is one of his gravest constitutional duties. So it might be time for Joe Biden to let us know what Ketanji Brown Jackson’s LSAT score was. Why wouldn’t he tell us that?” he said.

“That would settle the question conclusively as to whether she’s a once-in-a-generation legal talent, the next ‘Learned Hand.’ It would seem like Americans in a democracy have a right to know that and much more before giving her  a lifetime appointment. But we didn’t hear that, and that was just one of many things that Joe Biden left unsaid last night.”

The remarks provoked a predictable flurry of outrage from members of the left, with all of them calling Carlson “racist” and asking why he’d never asked similar questions about Barrett and Kavanaugh:

One of the critics complained that nobody “cared about the qualifications of Supreme Court nominees until Biden said he was nominating a [b]lack woman.” This is actually false.

Every justice appointed by former President Donald Trump faced an onslaught of scrutiny and, oftentimes, smears from the left.

Including Barrett:

None of these critics were labeled anti-white racists or sexists for calling Barrett “unqualified” and talking about her LSAT scores. The reason why was likely because people recognized that the critics were left-wingers desperate to railroad the confirmation of a conservative justice.

Similarly, might it perhaps be possible that Carlson’s scrutiny of Jackson is a result of him, a right-winger, trying to railroad the confirmation of a liberal justice?

Vivek Saxena


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