This past Monday, while taking part in a celebration at the White House for Black History Month, Vice President Kamala Harris, while speaking of Old Uncle Joe’s choice to nomination Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to replace Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer in the wake of his retirement, stated, “Because as we all know, elections matter. When folks vote they order what they want. And in this case, they got what they asked for.”
NOW – Kamala Harris: "When folks vote they order what they want. And in this case, they got what they asked for."pic.twitter.com/uIE4SM9NK1
— Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) February 28, 2022
On Friday however, President Joe Biden issued a tweet bragging about his choice, tweeting, “I sought a nominee with the strongest credentials, record, character, and dedication to the rule of law. That’s why I’m excited to nominate Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to serve on the United States Supreme Court.”
I sought a nominee with the strongest credentials, record, character, and dedication to the rule of law. That’s why I’m excited to nominate Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to serve on the United States Supreme Court. pic.twitter.com/iGHLqqRAD0
— President Biden (@POTUS) February 25, 2022
However, Old Uncle Joe’s nomination of Jackson to the Justice seat cropped up after he issued a pledge from his 2020 presidential campaign trail for political expediency. The 2020 campaign pledge from Biden was to put a black woman in a seat on the Supreme Court, and as has always been characteristic of Biden, been seen as a political maneuver to try and push his own agenda and career. As reported by Yahoo News:
It was Feb. 25, 2020, the night of a crucial Democratic presidential debate in South Carolina — and Biden’s campaign was on the ropes, in serious danger of being knocked out of the race. … Biden was counting on a promised endorsement from the most powerful figure in the state’s Democratic politics, House Majority Whip James Clyburn, the former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, to revive his campaign.
But Clyburn was extracting a firm promise from Biden: that he would name an African American woman to the Supreme Court. … Clyburn raised the issue with Biden on the night before the debate, and he expected that Biden would make the commitment during the debate.
However, Biden did not originally issue this pledge as part of the debate, which irritated Clyburn. As Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, a pair of journalists highlighted during a brief respite in the debate, Clyburn headed for Biden. Allen stated that Clyburn called out Biden, stating, “Look, I told you that I wanted you to say that you were going to name a Black woman to the Supreme Court. You haven’t done it yet. You’ve had a bunch of opportunities. Don’t you dare leave this stage without doing it.”
Once the break was finished, Old Uncle Joe was questioned about his personal motto. He responded, “Everyone should be represented. … The fact is, what we should be doing — we talked about the Supreme Court. I’m looking forward to making sure there’s a Black woman on the Supreme Court, to make sure we in fact get every representation. … Not a joke.”
It was just the following morning when Clyburn issued his official endorsement of Biden, then Biden took the victory, and never even glanced back as he shot past Bernie Sanders and took the nomination slot.