President Joe Biden reaffirms commitment to nominate a Black woman to the Supreme Court
Justice Stephen Breyer speaks at Brookings (1/21/16). flickr.com
President Joe Biden is set to nominate a Black woman to the Supreme Court by the end of February, according to NBCNews.
Following the announcement of Justice Stephen Breyer’s retirement, President Biden now has the ability to nominate someone to the Supreme Court. This will be the first Supreme Court Justice placed on the court by President Biden should his nomination be successful.
President Biden is facing pressure from Democrats to uphold his campaign promise to nominate a Black Woman to the Supreme Court, which was made “days before the South Carolina primary” according to NBCNews.
“In the wake of Justice Breyer’s retirement, I want to voice my support for President Biden in his pledge to nominate the first Black woman to the Supreme Court. The Court should reflect the diversity of our country, and it is unacceptable that we have never in our nation’s history had a Black woman sit on the Supreme Court of the United States—I want to change that. There is no shortage of exceptional nominees who would serve with the judgment, qualifications, and ethical standards each Supreme Court Justice should embody—and Black women in America should be able to look at the highest court in the land and finally see themselves represented,” Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) said.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki released a statement addressing the issue on January 6th. "The president has stated and reiterated his commitment to nominating a black woman to the Supreme Court and certainly stands by that," she said.