Joe Biden is sticking by his campaign promises to racially discriminate among Supreme Court nominees by vowing only to appoint a black woman to the high court.
Following Justice Breyer’s retirement announcement, Biden on Thursday said he intends to select a nominee before the end of February.
While Biden continues to review candidates’ backgrounds, he has decided only to consider a black woman to fill Breyer’s seat, potentially blocking candidates from being considered solely based on race.
“While I’ve been studying candidates’ backgrounds and writings, I’ve made no decision except one: the person I will nominate will be someone of extraordinary qualifications, character, experience and integrity, and that person will be the first black woman ever nominated to the United States Supreme Court,” Biden said.
“It’s long overdue in my view. I made that commitment during the campaign for president and I will keep that commitment,” he continued.
Biden affirmed Kamala Harris would play a crucial role in the process as rumors emerge about Harris being considered for the seat.
When grilled about this, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki refused to comment on the subject but insisted that Biden and Harris plan to run for reelection in 2024.
However, Biden’s and Harris’ stunning low approval ratings could deter them from a second term at the White House.
Nonetheless, Democrats are eagerly waiting as Majority Senate leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., claims Breyer’s replacement will be “confirmed by the full United States Senate with all deliberate speed.”