Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) uploaded the first part of a ‘supercut’ of several hearings held by the Senate Judiciary Committee entitled Kennedy Bar Exam in Judiciary Committee (Part 1), showing several judicial appointees nominated by President Joe Biden failing to answer basic legal questions.
Posting the video to X, Kennedy wrote, “Federal judges should know the difference between a law book and an L.L. Bean catalog. But Pres. Biden keeps nominating people who can’t answer basic legal questions.”
First, he asked nominee Judge Chanelle Bjelkengren about Articles Five and Two of the U.S. Constitution.
“Tell, tell me what article five of The Constitution does,” Kennedy began. She answered, “Article 5 is not coming to mind at the moment.”
“Okay, how about Article Two?” the former Attorney, Oxford, Vanderbilt, and Virginia School of Law graduate Senator asked. But it was to no avail with Bjelkengren flummoxedly answering, “Neither is Article Two.”
In November, Trending Politics reported when judicial nominee Sara E. Hill found herself fixed in Kennedy’s gaze and similarly unable to answer his questions. At the time when she couldn’t articulate the difference between a “stay order” and an “injunction,” Sen. Dick Durban congratulated her flippantly on “passing the Kennedy bar exam.”
🚨President Biden’s district judge nominee Sara Hill was unable to explain to @SenJohnKennedy the difference between a “stay order” and an “injunction.”
How can an individual who wants to be a federal judge possibly not know this?
Senator Durbin even congratulated Hill… pic.twitter.com/6oJAKqhN3I
— Carrie Severino (@JCNSeverino) November 15, 2023
It appears that true to form, Sen. Kennedy rather than objecting to the obvious jibe from Durbin, has instead embraced it, and prepared a series of examples of Biden’s nominees failing the “Kennedy bar exam,” with remarkable demonstrations of lacking legal knowledge and/or composure that gives every appearance of gross incompetence.
As Carrie Severino, President of JCN, the Judicial Crisis Network noted in her post to X, “Senator Durbin even congratulated Hill afterward for “passing the Kennedy bar exam” – talk about grading on a curve!”
On November 30th, Kennedy alluded to his questioning methods speaking with Democrat Chairman Dick Durbin and the committee,
“I try to be fair-minded. I voted for a number of President Biden’s nominees. When I think they’re qualified. And I try to ask substantive questions. I did the same thing with President Trump’s nominees, in fact we killed five of President Trump’s nominees. Because… We killed them dead as four o’clock. Because it was apparent after questioning them that they didn’t know a law book from a Sears Roebuck catalog. And we killed em’.
And I think we, on our side of the aisle, my side of the aisle, have voted for more of President Biden’s nominees than my democratic colleagues have voted for President Trump’s nominees. Now that’s okay. Everybody has one vote and they have the right to exercise it.”
He added that his response to Durbin’s “snarky” comments was merely to ignore them.“I know you don’t like some of my questions and I get that. And some of your comments have been borderline snarky but I ignore them. When my son was going through puberty he used to make those comments and I learned the best thing to do was ignore them.”
For anyone wondering why what Judiciary Democrats did today is so dangerous, here's key context: pic.twitter.com/UOBabO5hv2
— John Kennedy (@SenJohnKennedy) November 30, 2023