Virginia Lt. Gov. Winsome Sears shared concern that President Joe Biden picks a qualified candidate for the Supreme Court saying she hopes his replacement is someone who “respects the Constitution,” rather than just being someone who has the qualification of being a black female according to Fox News.
Sears who is the first black woman and the first woman in general to hold her position weighed in on the replacement of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, offered her thoughts following Biden’s announcement that his nominee would be the first black woman to be confirmed to the Supreme Court as part of his diversity push.
“What we’re hoping is that, and you saw the poll on it, is that if he’s going to pick a woman if he’s going to pick a Black woman, that he does pick someone who will respect the Constitution, that she will be a qualified candidate,” Sears said Thursday on “The Story.” “That’s really what we want.”
According to a recent ABC News poll, 76 % of Americans want Biden to examine all qualified nominees for Breyer’s replacement, rather than excluding someone because of their color. Only 23% of those polled wanted Biden to limit his list of nominees to Black women, something he has openly stated he will do on multiple occasions.
“It’s really not without precedence. Many people may not realize that the court was very highly partisan for at least the first 100 years of its existence,” Sears said. President Johnson nominated Thurgood Marshall. We all applauded that. We thought that was an excellent thing because it helped to bring the country together,” she continued.
“And then people started clamoring for a female. They wanted a woman on the court. So we got Sandra Day O’Connor. We have at various times tried to put people on the court, whether it was not gender but maybe it was religion or some other issue. So as I said, it’s not without precedence.”
Something that has been pointed out on multiple occasions, including by Fox’s Martha MacCallum, is that Biden blocked the first black woman nominated to the Supreme Court in 2003 after former President Bush nominated Janice Rogers Brown.
“It just raises the question about whether or not this is really more about liberal or conservative and much less about wanting to see people break those barriers that you speak of,” MacCallum said.
“Well, that’s the thing,” Sears responded. “When I first heard that he was going to nominate the first Black woman, I thought to myself, three words. Janice Rogers Brown. Where were you, Mr. President, when we wanted her to be on the Supreme Court?”
“What I’m saying [is], let’s not continue this division,” she said. “It’s not unheard of. We’ve done it with gender, we’ve done it with religion, we’ve done it the race. So the court is kind of going back, or the politics of it anyway is going back to the court’s first 100 years of existence where it was very highly partisan. There’s the precedence.”