"Today, confirmation hearings began for Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson," Jimmy Fallon said on Monday's Tonight Show. "The hearing process will last four days — it's basically C-SPAN's version of Coachella." The Senate Judiciary Committee's top Republican, Sen. Chuck Grassley, "is 88 years old — when it was his turn to speak, he was like, 'Tell us who you are, and then tell me who I am,'" he joked. "This is cool: I saw that Judge Jackson's parents were at the confirmation hearing. Even crazier, so were Chuck Grassley's."
"These hearings, they give a number of our Republican senators a chance to compete in one of their favorite events, the subtle racism jamboree," Jimmy Kimmel said on Kimmel Live. "But Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina got out ahead of that, he said he expects to be called racist at these hearings, and made an interesting comparison when invoking the heated confirmation hearing of Justice Brett Kavanaugh." Maybe not Bill Cosby, but "I actually think they should treat Katanji Brown Jackson exactly like they treated Brett Kavanaugh — interview every single person who's accused her of sexual assault," he said.
"Sen. Ted Cruz was actually Judge Jackson's classmate at Harvard Law School, though she will not likely get his vote," Kimmel said. "He pontificated at length today about not turning this into a political circus," but "the big Ted story today — I don't know if you've seen this — is a video shot at the Bozeman, Montana, airport. A man who looks suspiciously like Ted Cruz has a heated exchange with an airline employee and then after the airline employee, a police officer. Apparently he missed his flight and demanded to speak to the manager of the airport about a dozen times, to the point where they had to call in security."
Subscribe to The Week
Escape your echo chamber. Get the facts behind the news, plus analysis from multiple perspectives.
Kimmel mockingly displayed "a pretty good approximation of what Cancun Karen was complaining about," but the entire story is "especially funny because two weeks ago, Ted was bragging out how much employees at the airport love him," he showed. "Can you imagine hugging Ted Cruz? Donald Trump hugs Eric more than flight attendants hug Ted Cruz."
Continue reading for free
We hope you're enjoying The Week's refreshingly open-minded journalism.
Subscribed to The Week? Register your account with the same email as your subscription.