During his 2020 campaign, then-candidate Joe Biden vowed that if he ever had the chance to appoint a U.S. Supreme Court justice, he would only consider a Black, female candidate.
In the wake of Justice Stephen Breyer’s shock retirement news, Biden and the White House doubled down on that vow, but a bombshell ABC News/Ipsos just revealed that a staggering 76% of Americans do not want the president to pick a nominee based only on skin color and gender, ABC News reports.
Instead, that chunk of 76% of Americans wants Biden to consider “all possible nominees,” meaning that Americans are overwhelmingly in favor of selecting a nominee based on qualifications, which is the reasonable and logical way to go about the process.
Only 23% of those polled want Biden to stick with his original vow to only choose a Black woman, proving once again that Biden is only interested in pandering to a relatively small section of his base.
Biden, who once enjoyed Black support — but not so much anymore — is seen by many as desperately attempting to pander to Black voters by selecting a Black nominee.
“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,” Biden recently affirmed.
He added: “It’s long overdue in my view. I made that commitment during the campaign for president, and I will keep that commitment.”
Interestingly, when broken down by parties, 46% of Democratic survey respondents want him to follow through with his campaign promise, but he’s still in the negative, as a majority of Democrats, at 54%, do not want him to pick a replacement for Breyer based on race.
The numbers are bad
The poll covered a range of issues, and once again highlighted just how poorly Biden is viewed by American voters — many of whom voted for him with vastly different expectations.
Of course, Biden’s inflation crisis takes front and center, as 69% of Americans now believe Biden is dropping the ball on the issue. Additionally, only 1% — yes, that’s a 1 — believe the economy under Biden is “excellent.” Only 23% view the economy as “good.”
The frail president is also taking huge hits on issues like crime, immigration, gun violence, and the developing situation in Ukraine.
Undoubtedly, the president and his administration presumably breathed a sign of relief upon hearing Breyer’s retirement announcement, as the media will now turn focus — to some degree — on the nomination process, giving the White House a temporary break from the overwhelmingly negative news.