Even some Democrats are raising their eyebrows at President Biden’s Supreme Court nominees. Senate Majority Whip and Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin says that the President’s choices are “more controversial” than he expected.
The Daily Wire reports:
“Asked if he thinks it’s gonna be harder for GOPers to criticize/oppose a Black woman for SCOTUS, Durbin notes some of Biden’s other court picks have been ‘more controversial than I anticipated,’” Bendery tweeted on Monday evening. “Me: ‘Is there a theme to them?’ Durbin: ‘Assertive women of color.’”
Bendery added that, according to White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, President Biden plans to invite Durbin and Judiciary Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-IA) to meet with him at the White House to discuss his choice on Tuesday.
While a number of possible choices to replace Breyer have been floated, Biden has made it clear that he intends to follow through on his campaign promise to nominate the first black woman to the Supreme Court — a promise that has sparked reactions on both sides of the aisle.
Critics have decried Biden’s decision to only consider Black females to the bench as racist and sexist.
The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway explained: “President Biden pledging to be both racist and sexist, and discriminating against people who aren’t the preferred sex and race — something that, if any of the rest of us did that in our hiring decisions, would be not allowed. And yet he openly pledged it. I think people should strongly speak against such sexism and racism.”
Sen. Durbin will preside over the first committee hearings for any potential Supreme Court nominee.