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Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson could become the nation’s first Black woman to sit on the bench of the Supreme Court after President Joe Biden nominated her on Friday for the role to replace retiring Justice Stephen Breyer.
Biden confirmed her nomination in a Friday morning tweet, saying he is “proud” to announce Jackson’s nomination, and calling her “one of our nation’s brightest legal minds” and predicting she would be an “exceptional Justice.”
Jackson, who currently serves on the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will face intense scrutiny if she is to attain the position as Justice. Already, her judicial record has come under fire, with high profile rulings she made later being overruled by higher courts. This was a sticking point last year during her confirmation for a seat on the D.C. Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals.
Despite this, liberal legal activists are pleased with her appointment as they expect her to combat the largely conservative Supreme Court Justices on ideological matters.
Her nomination also follows Biden’s promise that he would be nominating a Black woman to the nation’s highest court, something Democrats have applauded, but a decision that has largely been criticized by Republicans.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX.), previously raised objections to Biden limiting potential nominees to Black women, saying that Biden’s decision to only nominate a Black woman, meant “that 94% of Americans are ineligible.”
Instead, Cruz said that Biden should have said he would be looking for the “best Justice,” saying that if after Biden had interviewed several candidates, if he selected a Black woman to be his nominee that would be “great.”