Rand Paul torched on Twitter after attempting to stall SCOTUS confirmation
Like many other Republican lawmakers, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) wasn't thrilled about U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson's confirmation. In fact, Paul even attempted to delay the judicial process — sparking mockery on social media.
On Thursday, April 7, lawmakers voted 53-47 to confirm Jackson as the next Supreme Court justice. Although it was clear that Jackson would be confirmed, Paul, according to HuffPost, was the cause of a 15-minute delay in her confirmation.
As lawmakers were casting their votes, Paul was late and reportedly offered no excuse to explain why. As the vote stalled at 53-46, Paul cast a final opposing vote from the cloakroom. He and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) remained mostly out of public view because they weren't wearing suits.
But despite not being publicly seen, Paul did not escape backlash from Twitter users. Many fired back with scathing remarks about the lawmaker's actions.
"The person who single-handedly blocked the Emmett Till Anti Lynching Act is currently the only Senator that is holding up the confirmation of the first black woman to join the United States Supreme Court. His name is Randal Howard Paul."
The person who single handedly blocked the Emmett Till Anti Lynching Act is currently the only Senator that is holding up the confirmation of the first black woman to join the United States Supreme Court.\n\nHis name is Randal Howard Paul.— Charles Booker (@Charles Booker) 1649355106
Rand Paul literally just stuck his arm through the door to gesture in the negative and then walked away. What a joke.https://twitter.com/JohnJHarwood/status/1512130892185145344\u00a0\u2026— Nick Fish (@Nick Fish) 1649355461
Another user wrote, "Had Sen Rand Paul been there to vote in order, the vote to confirm Justice Jackson would have been lightening fast (by Senate standards): Just ~7 minutes. But the Senate had to wait another 16 minutes for Rand Paul to show, and the vote ended up lasting over 24 minutes."
Had Sen Rand Paul been there to vote in order, the vote to confirm Justice Jackson would have been lightening fast (by Senate standards): Just ~7 minutes.\n\nBut the Senate had to wait another 16 minutes for Rand Paul to show, and the vote ended up lasting over 24 minutes.— Frank Thorp V (@Frank Thorp V) 1649358298
NBC's Yamiche Alcindor says Rand Paul's delayed vote on Ketanji Brown Jackson was "an unusual" and "unsettling development" that "remind[ed]" her of "conversations" with "Black woman who say they've had to navigate...hurdles...indignities in order to achieve what they want."pic.twitter.com/eUS246cGys— Curtis Houck (@Curtis Houck) 1649356212
What was up with Rand Paul not even bothering to come in and vote? Was it a dress code thing? 'oh, that was TODAY? shoot, I just wore this sweather, so I'll just thumbs down from the doorway'https://twitter.com/washingtonpost/status/1512132912275247104\u00a0\u2026— Janet Patton (@Janet Patton) 1649357502