Senator Ted Cruz lambasted one of President Joe Biden’s judicial nominees this week for his past history of anti-Republican comments.
District Judge nominee for the Southern District of New York, Dale E. Ho, sat for his hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee where his comments came up.
“This first year in office, President Biden has made a pattern of nominating extremists, partisans, and radicals to serve in the administration, but especially to serve on the bench. And unfortunately, that pattern continues today,” Cruz said. “Mr. Ho, you will not be surprised that I want to address some questions to you. And, in my view, your record reflects that same pattern of finding someone who has been an extreme partisan, who has been a radical, and President Biden trying to put judicial robes on that partisan and radical agenda.”
After some back-and-forth, Cruz turned up the heat:
Well, let’s take a quote you wrote in November 2017. I found it amusing the exchange a moment ago with one of the Democratic senators about ‘oh, some older intemperate statements.’ I would note, just sitting here, this may be a first in that you have tweeted attacks at multiple members of this committee including Senator Lee, Senator Cotton, Senator Blackburn, Senator Cornyn, and far from being intemperate statements when you were a teenager, most of these tweets occurred last year. So in the last 12 months, you have engaged—or the last about 18 months—you have engaged in partisan attacks on multiple members of this committee. But you also wrote in November 2017: ‘In these dark times, I’ve been fortunate to find tremendous sense of purpose in my work as a civil rights lawyer.
But as a colleague of mine asked me over lunch recently, Dale, do you do this because you want to help people or because you hate conservatives? …Mr. Ho, if you wake up and are Judge Ho, and I recognize that New York is a blue state, but imagine there is someone who considers himself or herself a conservative in the state of New York, who, God forbid, finds themselves in a courtroom where you’re wearing a robe.
What comfort do you think that litigant would have that you described the hatred of conservatives, the righteous indignation, the anger at conservatives, as a tremendous source of power for you personally? How does that possibly give anyone comfort that you would be a fair and impartial judge?”
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