White House vows to “fight back” against criticism of Biden’s SCOTUS nominee

The Washington Examiner reported that the Biden administration is vowing to preemptively fight off efforts to “tarnish” the reputation of President Joe Biden’s U.S. Supreme Court nominee. 

Let’s not miss the fact that it is Biden himself who has put the yet-to-be-named nominee’s reputation in danger by vowing to select a “Black woman,” seemingly ignoring more relevant qualifications.

In other words, the Biden White House is working to clean up its own mess here, which is nothing out of the ordinary.

“We are going to fight back”

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki promised to “fight back” against criticism of Biden’s nominee during Wednesday’s press briefing.

Psaki said:

And what we mean by that is we are going to fight back even before the president has made a decision or made an announcement against efforts to tar any of their reputations. That means defending them publicly, standing up for them, providing information to debunk any information that’s being put out against them that’s inaccurate.

This response came following a question from White House correspondent April Ryan about what the Biden administration was planning to do to defend the reputation of Biden’s nominee.

“Hopefully, they all feel that we’ve delivered on that promise,” Psaki added.

Background

Justice Stephen Breyer’s recent retirement announcement means that Biden will get his first opportunity to put a justice on the Supreme Court. As a presidential candidate, Biden promised that this would be a “Black woman,” and he reaffirmed this promise upon Breyer’s retirement.

Biden said:

I’ve made no decision except one: The person I will nominate will be someone with extraordinary qualifications, character, experience and integrity. And that person will be the first Black woman ever nominated to the United States Supreme Court. It’s long overdue, in my view.

Biden has been slammed, even by people on the left, for this promise. Harvard Law School professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz, a Liberal, said:

Nobody should ever be excluded because they don’t fit a racial or gender criteria. There are enormous numbers of qualified black judges who would make great appointees to the Supreme Court. And I would applaud if the president picked someone who also fit that criteria. But to announce in advance, no whites, no males apply, brings us back to when the Supreme Court was exclusively a white male institution.

Polls have also found that the majority of Americans are against the idea of using race and sex as the criteria for Biden’s Supreme Court nominee.

Biden is said to have narrowed his nominees down to four. He is expected to reveal his pick by the end of the month.

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