This week saw the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. Senate hold hearings on the nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, who will be the first Black woman to sit on the Supreme Court if confirmed by a majority of senators. Given Republicans’ general policy of obstructing President Joe Biden‘s agenda and the fake outrage over Biden intentionally nominating a Black woman, these hearings were expected to be contentious.

Still, no one quite anticipated the utter mess that was on display. Republicans’ racist, sexist and belittling attacks demonstrated a lot about the current GOP, while Jackson’s collected and dignified responses spoke to her character and qualifications as a soon-to-be Supreme Court Justice. As Jackson gets one step closer to that goal, here are six important takeaways from this week’s hearings.