On Thursday, President Joe Biden confirmed that he will nominate a Black woman to replace Justice Stephen Breyer on the U.S. Supreme Court.
The next morning, Senator Roger Wicker told SuperTalk Mississippi that he believes Biden’s nomination will be a “beneficiary” of affirmative action.
“The irony is that the Supreme Court is at the very same time hearing cases about this sort of affirmative racial discrimination while adding someone who is the beneficiary of this sort of quota,” Mississippi’s senior senator said, referring to the high court’s recent decision to revisit affirmative action in college admissions.
“We’ll see how that irony works out,” he added.
Biden’s reported frontrunners to fill the vacancy are Ketanji Brown Jackson and Leondra Kruger. Other names that have been floated around include J. Michelle Childs, Wilhelmina “Mimi” Wright, Eunice Lee, Candace Jackson-Akiwumi, and Sherrilyn Ifill.
Jackson serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, while Kruger is the youngest person to be appointed to the California Supreme Court.
Whoever Biden decides to go with, Wicker said the nominee more than likely will get zero Republican votes.
“I guarantee you this…this new justice will probably not get a single Republican vote, but we will not treat her like the Democrats did Brett Kavanaugh,” he said. “It was one of the most disgraceful, shameful things and completely untruthful things that the Democratic Judiciary majority has ever, ever done.”
The full interview with Wicker can be watched here.