May 24, 2022

Republicans castigate Biden for announcing Supreme Court nomination amid Ukraine crisis

Republican Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn took President Joe Biden to task over his announcement of the nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court while the nation is grappling with the crisis in Ukraine. 

According to The Daily Wire, Blackburn, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, claimed that Biden was caving to a push from the progressive wing of the Democratic Party with his decision.

“President Biden’s announcement just days after an unprovoked full scale invasion by Russia is extremely inappropriate,” Blackburn tweeted. “Once again, Biden is putting the demands of the radical progressive left ahead of what is best for our nation.”

“It is an attempt to hide that for over three months Biden refused to levy sanctions against Russia or send military assistance to Ukraine,” Blackburn added. “However, I cannot hold President Biden’s failure to lead our nation against his nominee.”

“I do plan on meeting with the President’s nominee in person, and thoroughly vetting her record to determine if she is a person of high character. A Supreme Court nominee must be committed to upholding the rule of law and Constitution as written,” Blackburn continued. “We must not blindly confirm a justice to serve as a rubber stamp for a radical progressive agenda.”

Blackburn hasn’t been the only lawmaker criticizing the president’s decision. Fellow Judiciary Committee member, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), said Biden’s nomination was submission to the left side of his party.

“If media reports are accurate, and Judge Jackson has been chosen as the Supreme Court nominee to replace Justice Breyer, it means the radical Left has won President Biden over yet again,” Graham tweeted Friday morning. “The attacks by the Left on Judge Childs from South Carolina apparently worked.”

“I expect a respectful but interesting hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Harvard-Yale train to the Supreme Court continues to run unabated,” he added.

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