It turns out that President Joe Biden is a bit of a hypocrite when it comes to nominating Black women to important roles in the American judiciary.
Fox News just exposed the fact that despite Biden’s push to replace retiring U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer with a Black woman, he has, in the past, stopped at least one Black woman from being confirmed to an important judicial post.
Janice Rogers Brown
Fox News Channel’s Laura Ingraham exposed Biden’s hypocrisy during Wednesday’s edition of Ingraham Angle. There, Ingraham took viewers back to the early 2000s when then-Sen. Biden stopped Janice Rogers Brown, on multiple occasions, from being confirmed to the District of Columbia’s federal appellate court.
“I’m thinking back on the nomination of what would’ve been another first, which is the nomination of Janice Rogers Brown,” Ingraham said. “And she was filibustered by none other than Joe Biden.”
Ingraham continued by noting that Biden “voted three times against confirming her just to be a U.S. circuit judge,” adding, “I mean, this wasn’t even to the Supreme Court.”
“So, race and gender, they only count if you’re thought to be a committed judicial activist, judicial leftist,” Ingraham concluded.
For those unfamiliar with Rogers Brown, she is a Black woman who grew up in Alabama at a time when it was still heavily segregated. By the early 2000s, she had made her way all the up to the California Supreme Court.
In 2003, then-President George W. Bush nominated her to the federal appellate court in D.C. As Ingraham noted, confirming her to that post would have been a historic moment.
But, Biden, among other Democrats, stopped Rogers Brown from being confirmed, in part, because of her conservative political views. As a U.S. senator, Biden opposed and then filibustered Rogers Brown’s confirmation in 2003 and then in 2005.
What Biden did to Rogers Brown is coming back to haunt him now that he has announced that he will replace Breyer with a Black woman, a promise that he first made on the campaign trail and has recently reaffirmed.
According to Fox News, shortly after Breyer’s retirement announcement, Biden said:
I’ve made no decision except one: The person I will nominate will be someone with extraordinary qualifications, character experience and integrity. And that person will be the first Black woman ever nominated to the United States Supreme Court. It’s long overdue in my view. I made that commitment during my campaign for president, and I will keep that commitment.
It can now be argued that Biden is part of the reason why “it’s long overdue.”