As President Joe Biden is set to deliberate on which woman of color he should nominate to the Supreme Court, Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, was asked how many black women he has on his staff, and how they are helping to “inform” him on the subject.
Pablo Manriquez of Latino Rebels asked McConnell the loaded question, but the seasoned congressman batted it away with relative ease.
“How many Black women do you have on staff and how are they informing your decision to move forward with the SCOTUS nomination,” Manriquez asked.
“Actually, I haven’t checked. We don’t have a racial quota in my office. But I’ve had a number of African American employees,” McConnell responded.
Question: “How many Black women do you have on staff and how are they informing your decision to move forward with the SCOTUS nomination.”
McConnell: “Actually, I haven’t checked. We don’t have a racial quota in my office. But I’ve had a number of African American employees.” pic.twitter.com/z6e0Cowjkc
— Forbes (@Forbes) February 1, 2022
Twitter was quick to respond:
It’s because they know that their answer will be twisted.
He actually answered the first part right: “I don’t know because we don’t have quotas.”
The second part is: “that is a stupid fucking question because I’m going to approach the nominee based only on their qualifications”
— Let’s Go Brandon! (@BFC_CBPC) February 1, 2022
Another answer: “I don’t hire staff members, based on which demographic I believe the next Presidential SCOTUS Nominee might be.”
— Jimbobbio’s Empty Diet Coke Can (@JimbobbioC) February 1, 2022
That would be the correct response. Best man or woman for the job. I just want a good nominee, I couldn’t care less what the color of their skin is.
— ReluctantlyPresent (@ReluctantlyPre1) February 2, 2022
IMO “Actually, I haven’t checked. We don’t have a racial quota in my office,” would have been a perfectly sufficient response.
— Miguel (comrade/comrade) 🏳️⚧️🍄🍣 (@MiguelCze) February 1, 2022
How many Asian or Native American women or men have a seat on the court? Answer zero!!
— Dan Strathmann (@DanStrathmann) February 1, 2022
Questions like these are what’s wrong with the world.
— Brent Watson (@followbrentwatt) February 2, 2022
McConnell gave the right answer. Race based selection is a slippery slope towards mediocrity and incompetence.
— Francis David Durand (@FrancisDavidDu4) February 2, 2022
Here we go. Forbes is in the racebaiting biz now
— thiggs (@higginst2213) February 1, 2022
Dumbest question ever! Why would a black woman staff member be more qualified to inform on a SCOTUS nominee? How about a staff member familiar with the federal judiciary regardless of their color or sex? Maybe this is why poor decisions are being made.
— Gregory Tomasetti (@gtomasetti1) February 2, 2022
Maybe ask @CoriBush how many white men she has on staff.
I’m betting somewhere between zero and zero.
Game works both ways, dummies.
— Whiteguy_Joe ✊🏿 (@whiteguy_joe) February 2, 2022
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