Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said that he doesn’t object to President Joe Biden promising to nominate a black woman to the Supreme Court, according to The Washington Examiner.
Biden made his famous promise during a primary debate ahead of the 2020 presidential election, making it clear that he would make his nomination to the nation’s high court based on race, rather than qualifications.
The president has followed that promise with actions, looking into a list of candidates, one of the qualifications of which, is their nationality, leaving off anyone who does not fit the race he’s looking to put in the position.
” I heard a couple of people say they thought it was inappropriate for the president to announce he was going to put an African American woman on the court. Honestly, I did not think that was inappropriate,” McConnell said at a luncheon with business leaders in Lexington, Kentucky, on Tuesday.
“President Reagan promised to put a woman on the Supreme Court: Sandra Day O’Connor. President Trump promised to put a woman on the Supreme Court when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away. So, I’m not complaining about that,” McConnell said.
McConnell’s one caveat was that if Biden “picks a highly qualified nominee,” he promised, saying “she will be respectfully vetted with a kind of process I think you can be proud of — which certainly did not happen when Brett Kavanaugh was nominated.”
The Senate minority leader is making his opinion known, likely partially because it is a departure from what many in his party have said about Biden’s pledge to make his decision on the basis of sex and race.
“The irony is that the Supreme Court is at the very time hearing cases about this sort of affirmative racial discrimination while adding someone who is the beneficiary of this sort of quota,” Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker said on a radio show in January.
“I wish he wouldn’t disqualify everybody in America who doesn’t meet that criteria. I think you should pick the most qualified person,” Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey told reporters on Jan. 31.