Cruz Blasts Democrats For Past Filibustering Of Black And Hispanic Judicial Nominees

Cruz Blasts Democrats For History Of ‘Explicitly Racial’ Filibustering Of Black And Hispanic Nominees

On Monday, Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz slammed Democrats for filibustering Republican-nominated black and Hispanic judicial nominees in the past.

Cruz made his blistering remarks during Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation hearings.

President Biden had committed to only considering a black woman for the Supreme Court seat to replace Justice Stephen Breyer.

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Cruz Gives History Lesson

Cruz began by saying, “The senior Democrats in this committee happily filibustered Judge Janice Rogers Brown, the very qualified African American woman nominated to the D.C. Circuit.”

“And they did so precisely because they wanted to prevent Judge Brown from becoming Justice Brown, the first African American woman. Joe Biden was among the Democrats the first African American woman nominated to the D.C. Circuit,” the senator claimed.

In 2003, Democrats originally blocked Rogers Brown’s confirmation to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, saying her supposed ideological stances were too “out of the legal mainstream” for the D.C. district court.

Brown was re-nominated and confirmed two years later by a 56-43 vote.

Her journey to the Supreme Court would end there, after then-Senator Joe Biden threatened on “Face the Nation” that Brown would be filibustered if President George W. Bush nominated her for the Supreme Court.

Cruz then cited Democrats’ 2003 filibuster over the nomination of Miguel Estrada to the U.S. Court of Appeals. Estrada, a Honduran immigrant, was nominated by Bush.

The Washington Times reported at the time, “In one memo to Sen. Richard J. Durbin of Illinois obtained by The Washington Times, Washington lawyer Miguel A. Estrada is singled out as ‘especially dangerous’ because “he has a minimal paper trail, he is Latino, and the White House seems to be grooming him for a Supreme Court appointment.”

Estrada eventually withdrew his nomination after eight months of Democrats using the “Jim Crow filibuster.”

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Cruz: ‘They will crush you’

Cruz said of these Democrat filibusters of the past on Monday, “They were explicitly racial, if you are Hispanic or African American and you dare depart from their political orthodoxy, they will crush you, they will attack you, they will slander you, they will filibuster you.”

“So this is not about race,” Cruz said.