Thursday 3 February 2022

Reporter asks Psaki whether Biden will make a similar commitment for future Supreme Court picks: 'For example, there's never been an Asian American justice or an LGBTQ justice'

 President Biden has said that he plans to deliver on his campaign commitment to nominate a black woman to serve on the Supreme Court, but during a press briefing on Wednesday, CBS News senior White House correspondent Weijia Jiang asked White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki whether the president will make a similar commitment regarding any future high court vacancies.

"For example, there's never been an Asian American justice or an LGBTQ justice. So will he make a similar pledge?" the reporter asked.

Psaki stated that Biden has nominated an "enormous number of ... judges ... who are people of color, who are women."

"I don't have any new pledges to announce for you," Psaki said.


Since Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer plans to retire later this year, Biden now has his first opportunity to nominate someone to the nation's high court.

Critics have taken issue with the president's decision to limit the field of candidates based on skin color and sex.

"Biden’s mistake: He should not be choosing a Supreme Court justice based on the color of their skin or sex, but rather on their qualifications & commitment to uphold our Constitution & the freedoms guaranteed to all Americans in that document which is the foundation of our nation," former Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii tweeted.

During an interview on "The Vince Coglianese Show," former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson noted that "many people fought, gave their lives to bring equality. And now we're reverting back to identity politics. And as we continue to do that, we're bringing more division into our country."

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