White House Pushes Back After Republican Senator Says Supreme Court Pick Will Be ‘Beneficiary’ of Affirmative Action

A spokesman claims Biden has a record of “extraordinarily qualified and groundbreaking nominees”

On Saturday, The White House released a powerful reprimand to a U.S. senator from Mississippi who stated that President Biden’s commitment to appoint a Black woman for the Supreme Court would make sure that the nominee is a “beneficiary” of equal opportunity.

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The remarks from Republican Senator Roger Wicker arrived on Friday amidst an extensive radio interview, in which he bemoaned the “left-wing judge” that Biden is tending to nominate to relieve retiring Justice Stephen G. Breyer.

When questioned by host Paul Gallo on SuperTalk Mississippi Radio regarding Biden’s promise to appoint a Black woman, Wicker said that the president was accomplishing a campaign promise.

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Wicker said, in comments first reported by the Mississippi Free Press “The irony is that the Supreme Court is at the very same time hearing cases about this sort of affirmative racial discrimination while adding someone who is the beneficiary of this sort of quota,” adding further “The majority of the court may be saying writ large that it’s unconstitutional.

We’ll see how that irony works out,” he then added that whoever Biden appoints “will probably not get a single Republican vote.”

Biden’s Promise Is in Line With the Best Traditions of Both the Parties as Well as the Nation

White House spokesman Andrew Bates stated in a statement on Saturday, that Biden’s commitment to nominating a Black woman to the highest U.S. court “is in line with the best traditions of both parties and our nation.”

Bates mentioned that Ronald Reagan had promised during his presidential campaign to appoint the first woman to the court, stating that it “symbolized” the American ideal that “permits persons of any sex, age, or race, from every section and every walk of life to aspire and achieve in a manner never before even dreamed about in human history.”

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Reagan appointed Sandra Day O’Connor for a vacancy back in 1981. She served on the Supreme Court through 2006.

At an event marking Breyer’s retirement on Thursday, Biden said “While I’ve been studying candidates’ backgrounds and writings, I’ve made no decisions except one: The person I will nominate will be someone with extraordinary qualifications, character, experience, and integrity, and that person will be the first Black woman ever nominated to the United States Supreme Court,” adding further “It’s long overdue, in my view.”

On Saturday, The White House said that Biden has set up a strong track record in dozens of judicial appointments, electing “extraordinarily qualified and groundbreaking nominees.”

Bates said that when former President Donald Trump came up to his pledge to select a woman for the Supreme Court by nominating Amy Coney Barrett back in 2020, Wicker supported the decision and stated that he expected she would be “an inspiration” to his five granddaughters.

Bates added, “We hope Senator Wicker will give President Biden’s nominee the same consideration he gave to then-Judge Barrett.”

Wicker’s office did not immediately respond to an inquiry about his Saturday’s comments.

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Wicker Expressed His Disappointment About the Replacement

On Friday, in the radio interview, Wicker indicated dissension regarding Breyer’s successor, stating “We’re going to go from a nice, stately, left-wing liberal, to someone who’s probably more in the style of Sonia Sotomayor.”

However, he continued, elections have outcomes, especially when it comes to the Supreme Court. He stated “For those people who vote Republican and just a little uncomfortable voting for Trump last time because they had a problem with his demeanor, this is what you get,” adding further “We’ll have 30 years of a left-wing judge.”

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