The White House is accusing Republican Sen. Josh Hawley of misinforming the public through his allegations that the president’s Supreme Court nominee “has a pattern of letting child porn offenders off the hook for their appalling crimes.”
White House spokesman Andrew Bates said in a Thursday statement that Hawley’s comments were “toxic and weakly-presented misinformation that relies on taking cherry-picked elements of her record out of context.”
“It buckles under the lightest scrutiny,” said Bates, according to Washington Post reporter Seung Min Kim.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Daily Wire.
The White House response, from @AndrewJBates46:
“This is toxic and weakly-presented misinformation that relies on taking cherry-picked elements of her record out of context – and it buckles under the lightest scrutiny.” https://t.co/N51nRmWwQ1
— Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim) March 17, 2022
The Missouri Republican went public Wednesday evening with allegations against Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson in a Twitter thread that expressed concerns that Jackson’s record “endangers our children.”
Hawley warned that as far back as during Jackson’s time in law school, the judge has questioned whether convicts should be made to register as sex offenders and said that it leads to “stigmatization and ostracism.”
“She’s suggested public policy is driven by a ‘climate of fear, hatred & revenge’ against sex offenders,” Hawley said in a Twitter thread.
“It gets worse,” he warned. “As a member of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, Judge Jackson advocated for drastic change in how the law treats sex offenders by eliminating the existing mandatory minimum sentences for child porn.”
And according to Hawley, Jackson has said that some people in possession of child pornography “are in this for either the collection, or the people who are loners and find status in their participation in the community.”
“What community would that be?” he asked. “The community of child exploiters.”
The Missouri Republican further said that Jackson has suggested there may be a type of “less-serious child pornography offender” whose motivation is not sexual, and noted that during Jackson’s time on the U.S. Sentencing Commission, Jackson said she “mistakingly assumed that child pornography offenders are pedophiles.”
The Daily Wire has not independently confirmed the senator’s claims, which come ahead of the Supreme Court nominee’s confirmation hearings next week.
Jackson’s nomination process has been spearheaded by Left-wing judicial activism nonprofits like Demand Justice, an organization flush with cash with a massive 2022 budget.
Demand Justice did not immediately respond to The Daily Wire’s request for comment on Hawley’s allegations.
Filings examined by Axios show that one of Demand Justice’s board members is The Nation justice correspondent Elie Mystal, who recently sparked a backlash by calling the Constitution “kind of trash” on The View.
Demand Justice has refused to weigh in to The Daily Wire on Mystal’s controversial comments, prompting sharp criticism from conservative groups like Judicial Crisis Network and Americans for Public Trust.
“Left-wing dark money groups in the Arabella Advisors network spent a jaw-dropping amount of money in 2020 to help elect Joe Biden and Senate Democrats,” Judicial Crisis Network President Carrie Severino said in a February statement. “These groups have done everything in their power to corrupt the judiciary and the judicial nominations process, from running smear campaigns against Justices Kavanaugh and Barrett to pushing radical court packing reforms to even intimidating Justice Breyer into retirement.”
“Now that they have a vacancy, they want payback for their dark money spending in the form of a Supreme Court justice who will be a rubber stamp for their unpopular and far-left political agendas.”
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