We’ve been hearing right-wing politicians and commentators posit that Vice President Kamala Harris could be the nominee to fill a Supreme Court vacancy in the near future, with no more apparent reason than that President Joe Biden said he’d nominate a Black woman, and she’s one whose name they can remember. However, Ted Cruz has now managed to come up with convoluted reasoning that he seems to think supports the idea.
There have been multiple lists circulated speculating on who the nominees could be, typically focusing on Black women with judicial experience and legal backgrounds, particularly those whose careers stand out for various reasons. While the White House hasn’t released a list of names, it did confirm to the Washington Post and other outlets that Judge J. Michelle Childs, a South Carolina judge who had been nominated to the Court of Appeals previously, is one of the individuals being considered. Other names that are reportedly on the list include North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Anita Earls, New York University law professor Melissa Murray, and D.C. Circuit Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, among a long list of others.
Still, Republicans cannot get Harris off their minds.
Ted Cruz claims there is a chance Biden might nominate Kamala Harris to the Supreme Court “to get her out of the WH” because “they can’t stand her.” pic.twitter.com/qHOjWzvNeh
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) January 31, 2022
“There is a chance they nominate Kamala to the court, in part because they can’t stand her. One of the virtues of naming her to the Court is they get to get her out of the White House….”
According to Cruz, Democrats are worried that Harris will be Biden’s successor and become President, which is a u-turn from conspiracy theories floated during the election, when Republicans claimed that the secret plan was for Biden to step down and let Harris take over as President. In fact, Donald Trump advanced this theory in a tweet on September 14th, 2020, which is saved in the Trump Twitter Archive:
[Biden’s] handlers and the Fake News Media are doing everything possible to get him through the Election. Then he will resign, or whatever, and we are stuck with a super liberal wack job that NOBODY wanted!
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