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Lindsey Graham Issues Warning About Biden’s Supreme Court Pick

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Sen. Lindsey Graham has responded to the White House’s announcement that President Joe Biden will nominate Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.

“I’m proud to announce that I am nominating Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to serve on the Supreme Court. Currently serving on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, she is one of our nation’s brightest legal minds and will be an exceptional Justice,” Biden noted on his presidential Twitter account.

Jackson is presently serving on the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

In a tweeted statement, Graham (R-S.C.) said that Biden’s choice of Jackson was another sop to the Democratic Party’s hard left.

“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. The attacks by the Left on Judge Childs from South Carolina apparently worked,” he wrote.

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“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.

Politico reported that Jackson was the favorite for the Democratic Party’s extreme left wing:

Jackson, 51, has long been considered the leading contender for the post, particularly after Biden elevated her last year from the trial court bench to the appeals court seen as second in power only to the Supreme Court.

Jackson is popular with liberal legal activists looking to replace Breyer with a justice willing to engage in ideological combat with the court’s conservatives, who now hold a formidable six-justice majority.

“According to a source who has been notified about the decision, President Biden has decided to nominate to the Supreme Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit,” CNN anchor Jake Tapper noted on Twitter.

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Others referenced Jackson’s own left-wing slant.

“Ketanji Brown Jackson is Joe Biden’s nominee for the Supreme Court. She’s from the DC federal appeals court. As promised, she is a black woman. She’s also a radical liberal who has no loyalty whatsoever to the Constitution” Amy Tarkanian, former chair of the Nevada Republican Party, noted.

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Earlier this month, reports noted that Jackson had become the president’s likely nominee of choice, per Yahoo News:

Last year, the Senate confirmed her 53 to 44 as Biden’s choice for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. That court has often been a stepping stone to a Supreme Court nomination, including for Scalia and Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justices Clarence Thomas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Brett M. Kavanaugh as well as Merrick Garland, whose nomination was blocked in 2016.

“Even among that rarified crowd of law clerks, she stood out — not only because of her sharp intellect and keen ability to identify and analyze legal issues, but also for her natural leadership skills,” University of Georgia law professor Sonja West said. She “knows how to bring people together, build their trust and bring down the temperature in the room. Yet she also has a fearless confidence in her opinions.”

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