October 6, 2022

Report: Powerful House Dem is already pushing So. Carolina judge to fill potential SCOTUS vacancy

If former President Donald Trump could name his number one victory while serving in the White House, it would likely be the fact that he was able to nominate an unprecedented three justices to the United States Supreme Court, much to the dismay of Democrats.

According to the Daily Wire, some Democrats, such as Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) are already pushing potential SCOTUS justice nominations in the instance that a vacancy on the high court opens up during President Joe Biden’s time in the White House.

Clyburn was credited with reviving Biden’s increasingly dismal chances at winning the South Carolina primary last year, which apparently has provided him with enough political cachet to hold a phone call with Vice President Kamala Harris in which he suggested the Biden administration shortlist a South Carolina district judge by the name of Judge J. Michelle Childs.

“She is the kind of person who has the sort of experiences that would make her a good addition to the Supreme Court,” Clyburn reportedly said, according to an unnamed source familiar with the conversation he had with the vice president.

Childs does, in fact, have an impressive resume, having been promoted from being a circuit court judge to being appointed in 2010 to the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina by former President Barack Obama.

The South Carolina judge graduated University of South Carolina School of Law and later became the first Black lawyer to make partner at a major South Carolina law firm, among other accomplishments.

According to a May 2020 report from NBC News, then-candidate Biden promised to eventually appoint a Black woman to the high court. Many advocates of that pledge are hoping that 82-year-old Justice Stephen Breyer will choose to retired while Biden holds the White House so that he can make good on that promise.

A number of other Black women have been floated as possible replacements for Breyer, who is apparently the one justice that will give the Biden administration the best chance at fulfilling his promise.


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