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Kamala Harris Claims Having Black Woman on SCOTUS Will ‘Reflect’ America

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Vice President Kamala Harris has thrown her support behind President Joe Biden’s declaration that he will nominate a black woman to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, claiming such a selection will “reflect” the United States.

Harris’ remarks come on the heels of Biden’s announcement and a response from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who blasted the president’s pledge as “offensive” because it signals to “94 percent of America” that they are “ineligible” for the high court.

Julio Vaqueiro of Telemundo News asked Harris to comment on Cruz’s remarks during an interview Thursday evening.

“The idea that there would be a black woman on the court is about ensuring that this court makes decisions in a way that reflect the experiences of all Americans,” Harris responded.

“The court that makes decisions that are fundamental to how we experience life—whether we have our constitutional rights, what’s their impact—that court should represent the people of the country. It should be representative of the people who will be impacted by their decisions,” Harris added.

She went on to say that when the high court issues rulings, the more diverse it is will ensure that “all viewpoints have been considered when the law is written.”

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Newsweek adds:

When asked about Cruz’s remark on Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki noted that Cruz and other Republicans didn’t complain when former President Donald Trump vowed to nominate a woman to replace late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 2020.

“During [Amy Coney Barrett’s] confirmation hearing,” Psaki noted, “Senator Cruz said, ‘I think you’re an amazing role model for little girls. What advice would you give little girls?'”

“There are zero black women on the Supreme Court, zero black women in the Senate, zero black women governors, and zero Black women have ever served as president of this country,” said Higher Heights president and CEO Glynda C. Carr, according to Newsweek.

“There is no doubt that black women are uniquely qualified to lead in these roles, and we call on President Biden to address this major gap in representation and ensure that our country’s leadership is fully reflective of the people it serves, beginning with our nation’s highest court,” Carr said.

As for Biden’s pledge, conservative Republicans are not the only ones who blasted his decision.

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In an interview last week with Fox News, self-avowed liberal constitutional Prof. Jonathan Turley of George Washington University also pushed back, saying the pledge is actually “unprecedented” because previous presidents did not expressly exclude any other potential high court picks.

“What’s astonishing is, this is not just unprecedented, but unnecessary, for the president to say that he would not consider any other candidate based on their race or gender. He would only consider black females,” Turley told host Laura Ingraham, adding:

You know, diversity issues have been raised by presidents in the past. But they have been raised as sort of preferences, not exclusionary rules. Indeed, the Supreme Court has declared exclusionary rules like this one to be unconstitutional or unlawful when applied to schools or businesses.

And so you have this inherent conflict that he [Biden] has created, where this nominee will sit and hear arguments in two cases on the constitutionality of this type of exclusionary rule.

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Now that doesn’t mean that this can be reviewed, or that his choice can be reversed. But what’s odd is that many of the media outlets are saying, well, other presidents have done this – and that’s just not true.

You know, they say that Reagan did this, that when he appointed O’Connor, Reagan said that he would give one of his first positions, one of the vacancies, to a woman, but the White House stressed that was not a guarantee, and when O’Connor was selected he had a short list with a majority of men on it.

Trump, when he said that he would be putting a woman on the Supreme Court, had already spent months and months with a public short list that they’d been vetting. Barrett had been a frontrunner in the previous nomination. And when he [Trump] said he was going to put a woman on the court, it was days before he was going to announce her name.

What these presidents didn’t do is they didn’t say that they would not consider anyone else beyond people with this race, this gender, as specified in an exclusionary threshold rule.

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