Ted Cruz Calls Out Kamala Harris for Reading Her Questions ‘Verbatim From Staff-Prepared Text’

Earlier, we reported on how Judge Amy Coney Barrett, when asked during today’s Supreme Court nomination hearing, held up a notepad with only the “United States Senate” letterhead on it, showing that she wasn’t taking any notes, nor referencing any.

We showed how Vox journalist and frequent Republican critic Aaron Rupar quipped about the exchange, “Is this supposed to be impressive? Why?”

Rupar had retweeted a tweet by Breitbart White House correspondent Charlie Spiering who had shared a picture of Barrett holding up the notepad and a picture of Senior Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn side by side and said, “Sen. Cornyn cleverly asks ACB to show her notepad. It’s empty.”

Junior Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz retweeted Rupar’s tweet and explained to Rupar why he believed it was impressive and also referenced the Democrat vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris.

“Let’s put it this way: the contrast between Judge Barrett, answering myriad constitutional Qs without a single note, and multiple Dem Senators (including your VP nominee) reading their Qs verbatim from staff-prepared text was…striking,” Cruz said.

Previously, we reported on Ted Cruz’s opening statement and how he said that “As Sherlock Holmes famously observed, ‘What speaks the loudest is the dog that didn’t bark” and that he hadn’t “heard virtually not a single word about Judge Barrett” from the Democratic Senators who had already spoken.

Much of Harris’ time today was used to, as Deadline put it, “Grill Amy Coney Barrett over Donald Trump’s vow to eliminate Obamacare.”

Video from today’s hearing: