While questioning a Biden judicial nominee on Wednesday, Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) exposed her for blatantly lying about the police.
During a Senate confirmation hearing for Nusrat Jahan Choudhury, whom President Joe Biden has nominated to be a U.S. federal district judge in New York, Kennedy grilled her about claiming that American police kill unarmed black men every day.
“This is a really simple question, counselor. Do you believe that cops kill unarmed black men in America every single day? You said it at Princeton,” Kennedy asked.
“Senator, I said it in my role as an advocate,” Choudhury replied.
“Oh, OK. You didn’t mean it,” Kennedy quipped.
“Senator, I said it in my role as an advocate to make a rhetorical point,” Choudhury claimed.
Kennedy refused to let Choudhury get away with brushing the lie aside, continuing to press her on how she is able to justify making blatantly untruthful claims, rhetorical or not, and whether she actually believes what she said.
“So, when you say something that’s incorrect, it’s OK to excuse it by saying, ‘Oh, I was being an advocate’? What do you believe? Do you personally believe that cops kill unarmed black man every single day in America?” Kennedy asked.
Choudhury tried to deflect from answering the question, but the senator pushed her further.
“Senator, I believe law enforcement have an important and challenging job in this country…” Choudhury began to say before Kennedy interrupted her.
“That’s not what you said, though, counselor,” the senator interjected. “I just think that’s an extraordinary statement to make, with no data to back it up — none whatsoever. There’s no basis for you saying that. And you knew it then, and you know it now. How can someone one possibly believe that you’re gonna be unbiased on the federal bench?”
Choudhury tried to get around the question by citing her past cooperation with police, claiming that her records show that she has “worked collaboratively” with multiple law enforcement agencies to “solve complex problems.”
Refusing to take that as an answer, Kennedy fired back, “Your record shows that you believe cops are guilty until proven innocent.”
“Your record shows that if a cop — if a cop shoots a criminal, it’s the cop’s fault, and if a criminal shoots a cop it’s the gun’s fault. I’ve read your record. I’ve read your record and I don’t appreciate you not answering the question straight up. I would respect you a lot more if you’d just tell us what you believe and not try to hide it,” Kennedy added.
Of course, Choudhury’s past statement about police killing black men every day — which is a common belief among the left — is not supported by the facts. Statistics compiled by the Washington Post, a left-wing outlet that definitely has no bias in favor of the police, show that the left’s narrative about police violence against black people is incorrect.
Police shot and killed 1,055 people in 2021. Only six of those fatalities were unarmed black men, which is the lowest number since the Washington Post has been tracking police shootings (search the Post’s database here).