South Carolina Democratic Rep. Jim Clyburn has reportedly advocated for U.S. District Judge Michelle Childs to be nominated as the next justice of the Supreme Court.
“One of the things we have to be very, very careful of as Democrats is being painted with that elitist brush,” Clyburn said.
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“When people talk to diversity they are always looking at race and ethnicity — I look beyond that to diversity of experience,” he added.
Clyburn told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Wednesday that the decision was an issue of tremendous importance to people in the Black community.
“I maintained and I said to the then-candidate, that that was an issue that I thought it would be good for him to address in the campaign if he got a chance to do so in the debate,” Clyburn noted.
The congressman noted a list of seven potential candidates, all Black women, who could serve as the president’s nominee.
The decision will serve as a major test for the Biden administration as the president seeks to fulfill at least one of his campaign promises in the new year.