On Monday, Democrat Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (IL) said that Democrat President Joe Biden’s judicial picks so far have been “more controversial” than he had expected after Biden promised to choose the next Supreme Court Justice based on their race and gender after Justice Stephen Breyer recently announced his retirement.
“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,’” Huffington Post reporter Jennifer Bendery tweeted on Monday evening. “Me: ‘Is there a theme to them?’ Durbin: ‘Assertive women of color.’”
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."
Me: Is there a theme to them?
Durbin: "Assertive women of color."
— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) January 31, 2022
According to Bendery, Biden intends to invite Durbin and Judiciary Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-IA) to meet with him at the White House to discuss his decision this Tuesday.
Last week, the White House confirmed that Biden was going to fulfill his campaign promise of only nominating a Supreme Court Justice who was a woman and black.
“[Biden] has stated and reiterated his commitment to nominating a black woman to the Supreme Court and certainly stands by that,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said.