President Joe Biden’s vow to appoint the first black woman to the Supreme Court continued to backfire this week when Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) accused him of “playing black women against each other “.
During an interview with Punchbowl News, Bush was asked if the Congressional Black Caucus had reached an agreement on who the president should choose. While Judge J. Michelle Childs has been a frontrunner, Bush said she wouldn’t comment on any specific person.
“I’m not going to attack anyone in particular. I do not know her. I don’t know his background well enough to say,” she told Punchbowl News.
While Bush didn’t like that Biden’s choice pitted black women against each other, she acknowledged that the choice was necessary, although she listed some important qualifications:
Getting a black woman in headquarters is necessary, but we want to make sure it’s a black woman who’s strong on criminal justice reform, has that type of history, strong on worker protection. I don’t have a name. I want the person who has these qualifications to reach the top.
The president’s wish to appoint the first black woman to the Supreme Court has not gone down well with Americans, including Democrats. In fact, a recent ABC News-Ipsos poll showed that more than three-quarters of Americans (76%) want the president to consider “all possible candidates” when replacing Justice Stephen Breyer, while only 23% want he honors his promise to appoint the first black woman to court.
BREAKING: Just over three-quarters of Americans (76%) want Pres. Biden is considering ‘all possible candidates,’ while 23% want him to follow through on his pledge to appoint the first black woman to the Supreme Court, according to a new @ABC News/Ipsos survey. https://t.co/FHLGrgJg9Z
— ABC News (@ABC) January 30, 2022
When broken down by party lines, 54% of Democrats want Biden to consider all potential Supreme Court nominees, regardless of the nominee’s race or gender. Here’s how the poll breaks down by demographics:
Although the poll’s sample size wasn’t large enough to break down the results for black people, only slightly more than one in four non-white Americans (28%) want Biden to consider only black women for the vacant post. Democrats are more supportive of Biden’s wish (46%) than Americans overall, but a majority of Democrats (54%) also prefer Biden to consider all possible candidates.
Shortly after Breyer announced his retirement last week, Joe Biden said he would appoint the first black woman to court, a promise he made to Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) during the primary 2020 presidential election to gain his approval after losing several states. to Bernie Sanders. Talk with the Washington PostClyburn confirmed that his endorsement came with the caveat that Biden is committed to nominating a black woman.