On Friday afternoon, President Joe Biden celebrated the confirmation of new Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, saying she had spoken out against “verbal abuse” and “vile and baseless claims and accusations” during of his confirmation hearings.
Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, speaking on the South Lawn of the White House, spent much of their time celebrating the confirmation of the first black woman on the court, but Biden also dwelt on how Republicans have treated Jackson — the latest phase of a long, increasingly bitter battle between liberals and conservatives for control of the court.
“It was verbal abuse,” Biden said, referring to Jackson’s repeated GOP interruptions and debunked allegations that she was soft on pedophiles. “The anger, the constant interruptions, the most vile and baseless assertions and accusations. In the face of all of this, Judge Jackson showed the incredible character and integrity that she possesses. »
Jackson will replace Judge Stephen Breyer on the court later this year, a move that will not significantly alter the court’s 6-3 conservative majority.
Biden was careful to note the bipartisan nature of his 53-47 confirmation vote, praising the GOP Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska as “women of integrity” and claiming that GOP Sen. Utah’s Mitt Romney was following in the footsteps of his father, who supported the civil rights movement.
But the majority of the celebration was devoted to celebrating Jackson’s achievement and highlighting the milestone it represents in America’s journey to becoming a full-fledged multiracial democracy.
“It took 232 years and 115 prior nominations for a black woman to be selected to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States. But we succeeded. We have succeeded. All of us. All of us,” Jackson said during her speech, sometimes sounding like those she tearfully held back.
She later added, “In my family, it only took a generation to go from segregation to the Supreme Court of the United States.
Biden noted that Jackson was likely to inspire a slew of young women.
“It’s going to let so much sun shine on so many young women, so many young black women, so many minorities,” Biden said.