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Ketanji Brown Jackson couldn’t hide her contempt for Ted Cruz’s dumbest question

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Republicans spent days grandstanding, asking bad faith questions, and just ranting at Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson during her Senate confirmation hearing – when they’re supposed to be questioning her about her approach to the law and her qualifications – and she has been praised for staying cool and collected throughout it.

But Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) managed to ask a question about transgender people that was so dumb that she just couldn’t hide her visceral response.

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“I’m an Hispanic man,” Cruz asked Jackson, as he mocked transgender people’s identities. “Could I decide I was an Asian man?”

Cruz, who has a degree from Harvard Law School, apparently remembered that he’s supposed to be asking questions about the law so he added, “W-would I have the ability to be an Asian man and challenge Harvard’s discrimination because I made that decision?”

“Tsk,” Jackson said disapprovingly, looking down. It was a brief moment before she gave her response: “Senator, I’m not able to answer your question. You’re asking me about hypotheticals.”

Online, people mocked Cruz for his bizarre question.

It’s not just Florida. The GOP is pushing “Don’t Say Gay” bills in 15 states now.

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