President Joe Biden announced nominee Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson for the newly created vacancy on the Supreme Court.
Democrats praised Biden for pursuing racism in selecting Supreme Court justice
Now, Jackson will head toward the Senate, where she will start meeting with senators of both parties as early as next week.
Reportedly, Democrats would like to vote for her nomination by April 8. However, her hearings and the subsequent vote can get delayed if senators are too busy with the current Russia-Ukraine crisis.
President Joe Biden formally nominated Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, calling her a "proven consensus builder."
Jackson would replace retiring Justice Stephen Breyer, for whom she once clerked. https://t.co/qMinCIo5fg pic.twitter.com/MF7itbBGt2
— The Associated Press (@AP) February 25, 2022
Calling Jackson “extremely qualified,” Biden mentioned in his nomination speech that Jackson’s parents were raised in segregated communities, but they never gave up their dream their daughter would enjoy American promise.
While Democrats in general and Biden, in particular, believed nomination of a black woman to the top court was overdue, most Republicans accused them of racial discrimination.
A member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Ted Cruz, said sarcastically neither white men nor white women qualify to be a Supreme Court justice under Biden.
Likewise, Republican Senator Roger Wicker called Biden’s ambitions “affirmative racial discrimination.”
Meanwhile, Biden’s decision was hailed among liberals; they extended their support for the president. A chief executive of National Women’s Law Center, Fatima Goss Graves, indicated this decision of Biden depicts the country is progressing.
According to her, Jackson would be a symbol to defy the notion that black women cannot assume leadership roles.
Democrat Congressman Jim Clyburn also emphasized the importance of introducing diverse racial justices to the top court.
Conservatives are not impressed by Biden’s choice
However conservative lawmakers and stakeholders were not happy with the decision. A Republican-appointed judge James Ho, currently serving on a federal court based in New Orleans, was dismayed over the decision.
He suggested the only way to reduce racial discrimination is not to practice it, which does not seem to be the case in this scenario.
Ketanji Brown Jackson is the same judge whose Wikipedia page was edited by her former clerk so she’d started landing in good books of liberals.
Last year, when Jackson was nominated to the DC court by Joe Biden, three Republican senators, Lindsey Graham, Lisa Murkowski, and Susan Collins, voted in her favor, which paved her way to get selected.
However, all three of them now indicated they would not vote in her favor this time.
Sen. Lindsey Graham wanted Biden to nominate Michelle Childs, adding he won’t be able to support any other nominee. Had Biden chosen anyone except Jackson, he would have faced resistance from the progressive wing of his party. Thus, nominating her was the safest way out for him.
The world is watching the Ukraine-Russia conflict and Biden is trying to sneak a communist on the Supreme Court.
— Nick Adams (@NickAdamsinUSA) February 25, 2022
Nina Turner, a 2020 presidential campaign official for Bernie Sanders, praised Biden’s decision of nominating Jackson, hence signaling the president can now enjoy progressives’ support.