WH rebukes Sen. who called Biden’s SCOTUS pick an affirmative action ‘beneficiary’ – guess whose side Lindsey Graham is on?

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Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) commented during an interview Friday that President Joe Biden’s pick for the upcoming Supreme Court vacancy would be a “beneficiary” of affirmative action, causing the left to get the vapors while Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-NC) pushed back hard against that assertion.

“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,” Wicher stated while commenting on local radio network SuperTalk Mississippi. “The majority of the court may be saying writ large it’s unconstitutional. We’ll see how that irony works out.”

“We’re going to go from a nice, stately left-wing liberal to someone who’s probably more in the style of Sonia Sotomayor,” Wicker noted. “I hope it’s not someone like Sotomayor, who went for a hearing about the virus and start spouting off facts, which just two minutes later fact-checkers all over the world were giving her ‘Four Pinocchios’ zone. I hope it’s at least someone who will at least not misrepresent the facts. I think they will misinterpret the law.”

He predicted that whomever the president nominates “will probably not get a single Republican vote,” but said Senate Republicans “will not treat her like the Democrats did Brett Kavanaugh.”

Graham appeared on “Face the Nation” Sunday and sided with the Biden administration on announcing that the next Supreme Court nominee would be a black female, effectively eliminating the majority of qualified candidates for the position. The nomination will instead be ostensibly based on gender and race which many conservatives contend is unconstitutional.

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“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 somebody not as well qualified for past wrongs,” Graham asserted.

“I can’t think of a better person for President Biden to consider to the Supreme Court,” he said concerning the possible nomination of South Carolina U.S. District Judge J. Michelle Childs. He added that Childs “has wide support in our state,” praising her as “fair-minded,” “highly qualified,” and “one of the most decent people I’ve ever met.”

“President [Ronald] 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,'” Graham continued. “I believe there are plenty of qualified African American women — conservative and liberal — that could go onto the court.”

White House Deputy Press Secretary Andrew Bates responded to Wicker’s comments in a statement accusing him of having no issue with former President Donald Trump saying he would nominate a woman to the Supreme Court to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

“When the previous president followed through on his own promise to place a woman on the Supreme Court, Senator Wicker said, ‘I have five granddaughters, the oldest one is 10. I think Justice Amy Coney Barrett will prove to be an inspiration to these five granddaughters and to my grown daughters.’ We hope Senator Wicker will give President Biden’s nominee the same consideration he gave to then-Judge Barrett,” Bates urged.

During a formal announcement of Justice Stephen Breyer’s retirement, Biden proclaimed he would keep his campaign promise to nominate a black woman to fill the lifelong position on the Supreme Court.

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,” Biden declared. “It’s long overdue in my view. I made that commitment during the campaign for president, and I will keep that commitment.”


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