Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Biden celebrates Jackson’s confirmation: ‘It’s going to be so much sun shining’

President Joe Biden confirmed Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation Friday afternoon, saying she stood up to “verbal abuse” and “unfounded, unfounded claims and allegations” during her confirmation hearing.

Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, speaking on the South Lawn of the White House, devoted much of their time to celebrating the confirmation of the first black woman in court, but Biden also focused on how Republicans treated Jackson. done – the latest stage in a long-running tumultuous battle between liberals and conservatives over control of the court.

“It was verbal abuse,” Biden said, referring to Jackson’s repeated GOP blockades and dismissing allegations that she was liberal on the pedophile. “The anger, the constant interruptions, the most reprehensible, baseless claims and allegations. Despite all this, Judge Jackson showed his incredible character and integrity.”

Jackson will replace Justice Stephen Breuer in court later this year, a move that will not meaningfully move the court’s 6-3 conservative majority.

Biden, in keeping with the bipartisan nature of his 53-47 confirmation vote, Maine’s GOP sens. Susan Collins and Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski as “women of integrity” and said GOP Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah was following in her footsteps as her father, who supported the civil rights movement.

But much of the celebration was dedicated to celebrating Jackson’s achievement and noting the step he represented in America’s journey to becoming a full multiracial democracy.

“It has taken 232 years and 115 prior appointments to get a black woman elected to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States. But we made it. We made it. We all. We all,” Jackson said in his speech. Said during, sometimes it seemed as if she was shedding tears.

She later added: “In my family, it took just one generation to go from segregation to the Supreme Court of the United States.”

Biden said Jackson can inspire many young women.

“It’s going to be so much sun shining on so many young women, so many young black women, so many minorities,” Biden said.

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