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‘Assertive Women Of Color’: Democrat Senator Says Biden’s Judicial Picks Have Been ‘More Controversial’ Than He Expected
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 31: Senate Majority Whip and Judiciary Committee Chairman Richard Durbin (D-IL) talks to reporters at the U.S. Capitol on January 31, 2022 in Washington, DC. Durbin talked about how he hopes to conduct confirmation hearings for President Joe Biden's nominee to replace Associate Justice Stephen Breyer when he retires at the end of this current Supreme Court session. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Senate Majority Whip — and Judiciary Committee Chairman — Dick Durbin (D-IL) said Monday that President Joe Biden’s judicial picks thus far have been “more controversial” than he expected.

Durbin, who will preside over the first committee hearings for any potential Supreme Court nominee, is set to do exactly that following Justice Stephen Breyer’s announcement last week that he planned to retire at the end of the court’s current session.

“Asked if he thinks it’s gonna be harder for GOPers to criticize/oppose a Black woman for SCOTUS, Durbin notes some of Biden’s other court picks have been ‘more controversial than I anticipated,'” Bendery tweeted on Monday evening. “Me: ‘Is there a theme to them?’ Durbin: ‘Assertive women of color.'”

Bendery added that, according to White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, President Biden plans to invite Durbin and Judiciary Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-IA) to meet with him at the White House to discuss his choice on Tuesday.

While a number of possible choices to replace Breyer have been floated, Biden has made it clear that he intends to follow through on his campaign promise to nominate the first black woman to the Supreme Court — a promise that has sparked reactions on both sides of the aisle.

Critics have suggested that by limiting the field of potential nominees to one specific race and one specific gender, Biden has made the selection process both sexist and racist.

The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway explained: “President Biden pledging to be both racist and sexist, and discriminating against people who aren’t the preferred sex and race — something that, if any of the rest of us did that in our hiring decisions, would be not allowed. And yet he openly pledged it. I think people should strongly speak against such sexism and racism.”

“The View” host Sunny Hostin argued that it was very important for Biden to follow through on the promise he made, arguing that it could shore up support from African American women voters.

“Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd explained that a battle over Biden’s eventual pick could reinvigorate voters who had lost their enthusiasm — and getting his pick confirmed would be a political win that could take some of the sting out of recent legislative losses.

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