Blackburn then regurgitated Senator Josh Hawley’s meritless attack on Jackson’s sentencing of defendants in child pornography cases before wondering aloud if it was Jackson’s “personal hidden agenda to incorporate critical race theory into our legal system” and whether Jackson wanted “to let violent criminals, cop killers and child predators back to the streets.”

It’s almost astonishing that lawmakers like Blackburn can talk about supporting parental rights and private family decisions with a straight face, when they oppose the rights of parents to support their gender-expansive children or the rights of people to choose whether and when to become parents. But the sad fact is that their positions are not inconsistent—they believe these rights only exist for people who think exactly like they do.