How do Republicans feel about President Joe Biden affirming that he plans to choose a Black woman to fill the Supreme Court vacancy that will be created by Justice Stephen Breyer’s retirement? Well, one of them is willing to admit that there’s a lot of hypocrisy in some of the responses.
We’ve seen Republican legislators speak up to call Biden’s promise racist and unfair to white people. However, as seen in the clip below, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) doesn’t agree.
Listening to a comparison of this nomination to President Ronald Reagan’s promise to seat the first female Justice to the Supreme Court, Graham affirms, not only is there no difference, it’s also not different from what the Republican party does regularly.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC): “President Reagan said, running for office, that he wanted to put the first female on the Court. Whether you like it or not, Joe Biden said 'I’m going to pick an African American woman to serve on the Supreme Court.'” pic.twitter.com/86CjcRWjQD
— The Recount (@therecount) January 30, 2022
“Put me in the camp of making sure the court and other institutions look like America. You know, we make a real effort as Republicans to recruit women and people of color to make the party look more like America. Affirmative action is picking someone not as well qualified for past wrongs. [Judge] Michelle Childs is incredibly qualified, there’s no affirmative action component if you pick her.”
While making courts and other institutions “look more like America” is exactly the reason for Biden’s promise, it’s somewhat telling that Graham admits his party is actively trying to pull in the folks who might not be drawn naturally to its policies — especially when some of the more prominent leaders in the party are going viral for statements like a claim that Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) is proof that there’s no need for voting rights legislation, despite Scott being one of fewer than a dozen Black Senators in the entire history of the institution.
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