Lindsey Graham is echoing President Biden’s thoughts that choosing a Supreme Court nominee based on race and gender isn’t “affirmative action” but would make the court “look more like America.”
The Senator from South Carolina made the comments during an interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
“Put me in the camp of making sure the court and other institutions look like America,” the Republican proudly beamed.
“You know, we make a real effort as Republicans to recruit women and people of color to make the party look more like America,” he continued. “Affirmative action is picking somebody not as well qualified for past wrongs.”
Newsmax contributor Jenna Ellis hammered Graham over the comments, suggesting he was capitulating to Biden and showing that Republicans remain “pathetically weak.”
Biden’s pick won’t even need the nuclear option. So weak is the GOP. pic.twitter.com/x3Nly9NHQY
— Jenna Ellis (@JennaEllisEsq) January 30, 2022
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Graham Sides with Biden
It’s nearly impossible to differentiate between Biden and Graham on the matter.
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“Everyone should be represented,” President Biden had said prior to becoming the Democrat nominee in 2020.
“The fact is, what we should be doing — we talked about the Supreme Court. I’m looking forward to making sure there’s a black woman on the Supreme Court to make sure we in fact get every representation,” he added. “Not a joke.”
“I’ll appoint the first Black woman to the Court. It’s required that they have representation now — it’s long overdue.”
— Then-presidential candidate Biden during March 2020 debate pic.twitter.com/gA1QKuVTPG
— The Recount (@therecount) January 26, 2022
Tucker Carlson, Fox News’ host, took time to explain what Biden and Lindsey Graham were saying.
“So, Biden will nominate a black woman. Great, she’ll represent about seven percent of the population. But where’s Biden’s Pacific Islander nominee?” Carlson asked viewers.
“And why isn’t there an American Indian on the court, or a genderqueer, or someone from the chronic fatigue syndrome community, or a justice with cognitive disabilities? Why isn’t there an Afghan refugee under consideration?” the Fox News host continued.
It would be fascinating to see Graham and Carlson disagree on this subject.
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Graham and Maxine Sound Alike
Graham appears to be on the same page with Maxine Waters, Democrat Representative (CA), who criticized Graham’s idea of affirmative action being used to select a Supreme Court nominee based solely upon skin color.
“Even the most conservative member of the Supreme Court and Republicans know that it is beyond time to diversify the Supreme Court of America,” she said. “And the absence of a woman, a black woman, means that it is not diversified.”
“You don’t have at the table the voices of everyone in this country that should be represented.”
It is all about the interpretation of laws and Constitution. Not “representing voices.”
Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) said Sunday on MSNBC’s “Alex Witt Reports” that Republicans claiming Presidenthttps://t.co/YHGRKIwEii
— Conservative News Daily (@ConservNewsDly) January 31, 2022
Waters added, “It’s disrespectful, dishonorable, and we are going (to) get past that.”
Given the overwhelming opposition of Americans to any Supreme Court nomination based upon race or gender, Graham’s capitulation to Biden is odd.
NEW poll –
76% of respondents want Biden’s consideration for all nominees and not just Black women
75% say economy is either “not good” or “poor” (only 1% say “excellent”)
Approval of COVID by 50-49 Biden
https://t.co/Y1mtizS4nu via @ABC
— Rick Klein (@rickklein) January 30, 2022
“Just over three-quarters of Americans (76%) want Biden to consider ‘all possible nominees,’” ABC News reports.
“Just 23% want him to automatically follow through on his history-making commitment that the White House seems keen on seeing through.”