The political world was turned on its head Wednesday as someone within the dark halls of Capitol Hill — most likely — leaked bombshell news that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is prepared to retire.
Though as of this writing, Justice Breyer has yet to make an official statement, the mainstream media swarmed, and asked the White House if it would stand by its promise to nominate a Black female judge for the position. According to Fox News, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki confirmed that would be the case in a Wednesday press briefing.
“The president has stated and reiterated his commitment to nominating a Black woman to the Supreme Court and certainly stands by that,” Psaki told eager reporters.
It was during one of the early 2020 presidential election debates that Biden vowed to make the appointment based on skin color, saying at the time, “I’m looking forward to making sure there’s a Black woman on the Supreme Court to make sure we in fact get everyone represented.”
During the same presser, Psaki was hammered with questions about the news of Breyer’s intentions, which had leaked just hours before the press briefing took place.
Given that Breyer had yet to formalize the announcement, Psaki — and the rest of the White House — remained dead silent on the issue.
Fox News’ Peter Doocy, who Biden called a “stupid son of a b***h” earlier in the week, asked the one question that everyone in the room presumably wanted to know: Could Vice President Kamala Harris be tapped for the gig?
“I’m not going to speak to any considerations, preparations, lists,” Psaki replied, noting, “The president has every intention, as he has said before, of running for reelection and for running for reelection with Vice President Harris on the ticket as his partner.”
As we’ve stated earlier, and as you heard the president say, there is a long history of Supreme Court justices determining when they may retire, if they retire, and announcing that,” Psaki added. “That remains the case today.”
The radical progressive elements of the Democratic Party were undoubtedly thrilled with the breaking news, as they’ve wanted Breyer’s exit ever since Biden entered the White House.
The liberal lawmakers and activists who pushed hard for the justice’s retirement contend that they didn’t want to risk Breyer staying on for too long, as they believe the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg did, with the risk of a Republican president getting yet another SCOTUS nomination chance in 2024, among other reasons.
Only time will tell who Biden selects for the prestigious position, but one can imagine it’s probably a welcomed break in the otherwise negative news cycle for the White House.