The news is spreading that Justice Stephen Breyer plans to retire from the Supreme Court at the end of this term. Though he has made no official announcement yet, speculation is in full swing. Now, one Republican legislator wants President Joe Biden impeached — because of who he might, or might not, place on the court.
Republicans have already hinted at a desire to obstruct Biden in nominating a new Justice to the bench. One Arizona legislator actually tweeted that Republicans should use measures including the filibuster to stall and delay and prevent Biden from placing a nominee.
The US Senate needs to filibuster, stall, delay and hold Biden’s Supreme Court pick until 2024.
— Wendy Rogers (@WendyRogersAZ) January 26, 2022
However, unlike when President Barack Obama was nominating Merrick Garland, Republicans no longer hold the Senate, and Mitch McConnell is no longer Majority Leader with power to prevent a vote.
Still, Representative Anthony Sabatini has another solution to recommend: he’d like to have Biden impeached for “anti-white racism” inherent in picking a Black woman for his nominee.
Biden MUST be impeached for his anti-white racist exclusion of any white nominee to the Supreme Court
— Rep. Anthony Sabatini (@AnthonySabatini) January 27, 2022
Again, there’s a lot of speculation about who Biden might choose, with lists circulating of Black women who have the experience and qualifications to really rock the post, but there is no announcement of a candidate, though Press Secretary Jenn Psaki did affirm that he has promised to seek a Black woman to place on the court.
— Reuters (@Reuters) January 26, 2022
Still, when considering the notion that this is “anti-white racism,” the words of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg come to mind. As she’s quoted in a Town & Country collection of her words:
“When I’m sometimes asked ‘When will there be enough [women on the Supreme Court]?’ and I say ‘When there are nine,’ people are shocked. But there’d been nine men, and nobody’s ever raised a question about that.”
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