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Susan Collins says it can be difficult for Republicans to reject a black Supreme Court nominee because Democrats have described the GOP as ‘anti-black’

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  • Susan Collins said it could be difficult for Republicans to reject a black Supreme Court nominee.

  • She acknowledged that Democrats “have had some success” in describing the GOP as “anti-black.”

  • Collins is one of the few Republican senators who can vote for Biden’s nominee.

Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine said this week that it could be difficult for Republicans to reject a black Supreme Court nominee because of the political implications.

“The idea that race and gender should be the #1 and #2 criteria is not what it should be,” Collins told The New York Times. “On the other hand, there are plenty of black women qualified for this job and given that Democrats, unfortunately, have had some success trying to portray Republicans as anti-black, it may be harder to dismiss a black lawyer.”

Collins is one of the few Republicans who can vote for Biden’s nominee. South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham also recently told Politico that he supports President Joe Biden’s decision to hire a black woman for the Supreme Court.

But other Republicans, like Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, vehemently opposed it and called Biden’s pledge “offensive.”

“The fact that he’s willing to make a promise up front that it has to be a black woman, I have to say, that’s offensive,” Cruz recently said on his podcast. He also went on to say that Biden’s choice for the Supreme Court “is actually an insult to black women,” despite the fact that Biden has yet to name anyone.

The president is currently debating who to choose to succeed Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, who announced his upcoming retirement from the bench last week.

Biden promised during the 2020 presidential campaign that he would nominate the first black woman to the Supreme Court and achieved record success in having his judicial nominees confirmed by the Senate.

In his first year in office, he had 40 confirmed candidates for the federal bench. That’s more than any president since Ronald Reagan: Bill Clinton and George W. Bush each got 23 nominations in their first year, Barack Obama got 13, and Donald Trump got 19.

Biden also had little trouble achieving his goals of diversifying the federal justice system. According to a recent report by the Alliance for Justice, before Biden took office, women of color made up 20% of the U.S. population, but only 4% of sitting federal judges.

Nearly half of Biden’s nominees and more than half of all his female nominees are women of color, according to the report.

The media and public have long speculated over who Biden might appoint to the Supreme Court, and while the White House left no hints, some stood out as being on the shortlist.

The two leading candidates are Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, who serves on the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, and California Supreme Court Justice Leondra Kruger.

Jackson, 51, is widely considered the frontrunner for the nomination. She previously served as clerk for Breyer, and Collins, Graham and Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski all voted to confirm to the DC Court of Appeals, which is considered the second most powerful court in the nation.

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source: news.yahoo.com

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