Why do Republicans Oppose Biden’s Promise to Pick a Black Woman for SCOTUS

View of United States Supreme Court Building, Washington, DC.
Five-Thirty-Eight examines the GOP resistance to President Biden’s promise to nominate a Black woman to the Supreme Court. In a word, it’s racism.

As Stanford professor and FiveThirtyEight contributor, Hakeem Jefferson, tweeted, “Conservatives didn’t get upset when Trump promised to nominate a woman to the bench because the qualifier ‘white’ was simply implied.” He later added that it’s the misogynoir, or unique biases Black women experience, not the pledge, that is the problem.

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Cheney to GOP: Reject White Supremacy

“You certainly saw anti-Semitism. You saw the symbols of Holocaust denial… you saw a Confederate flag being carried through the rotunda. We, as Republicans in particular, have a duty and an obligation to stand against that, to stand against insurrection.”

— Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), the third ranking House Republican, called on the Republican party to “make clear we aren’t the party of white supremacy,” CBS News reports.

Mississippi Lawmaker Suggests Lynching for Those Who Remove Confederate Monuments

“They should be LYNCHED!”

— Mississippi state Rep. Karl Oliver (R), describing the “destruction” of Confederate monuments in Louisiana as “heinous and horrific” and compared leaders in that state to Nazis, the HuffPost reports. Oliver’s Facebook message drew “likes” from two of Oliver’s fellow Republican lawmakers, state Rep. John Read and state Rep. Doug McLeod.

Judicial Nominee Won’t Comment on Landmark Civil Rights Ruling

“I don’t mean to be coy but I think I can get into a difficult, difficult area when I start commenting on Supreme Court decisions — which are correctly decided and which I may disagree with.”

— Wendy Vitter, one of President Trump’s judicial nominees, refusing to say whether the landmark civil rights case Brown v. the Board of Education was correctly decided, CNN reports. The seminal opinion held that state laws requiring separate but equal schools violated the Constitution.

GOP Candidate Defends ‘No More Mosques’ Comment

“So I just made a statement, I’m a Christian that believes we ought to propagate our Christian faith. So I see an article and I retweet, ‘no more mosques in America,’ you know, and like, and share. So I retweeted it. So yeah. So what? I believe in Christian — I believe in liberties, freedom, free speech, and Christian values is kind of my base. And so yeah, I posted it, so no big deal. I’m not that stressed out over it.”

— North Dakota U.S. Senate candidate Gary Emineth (R), defending in a radio interview his sharing an image on Twitter that said no more mosques should be built in the United States.