‘I Can’t Think of a Better Individual,’ Graham Says of Childs’ Candidacy for the Supreme Court. Viral News!
Sen. Lindsey Graham defied his Republican colleagues on Sunday by ostensibly endorsing President Joe Biden’s promise to appoint the first-ever Black woman to the Supreme Court.
Graham (R-S.C.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, seemed to recommend J. Michelle Childs, a U.S. District Court judge in his home state of South Carolina, for the seat occupied by retiring Justice Stephen Breyer in an appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
Graham remarked, “Put me in the camp of making sure the court and other institutions look like America.”
“You know, as Republicans, we make a concerted effort to attract women and people of colour to make the party more representative of America.”
Senators from both parties have chastised Biden for agreeing to appoint a Black woman to replace Breyer, with Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) stating in a local radio interview on Friday that whoever the president chooses would be a “beneficiary” of affirmative action.
On Sunday, though, Graham distanced himself from Wicker’s comments, stating, “Affirmative action involves choosing someone less competent for previous wrongs.”
Michelle Childs is a highly qualified individual. If you choose her, there is no affirmative action component.”
Graham also justified Biden’s promise to nominate a Black woman, comparing it to then-President Ronald Reagan’s promise to appoint Sandra Day O’Connor, the nation’s first female justice, in 1981.
“When he ran for office, President Reagan declared he wanted to place the first female on the Supreme Court,” Graham added.
‘I’m going to choose an African American woman to serve on the Supreme Court,’ Joe Biden stated, whether you like it or not. I believe there are enough capable African American women on the court, both conservative and liberal.”
“We’ve only had five women and two African American males serve in our country’s history,” Graham concluded. So, let’s make the court more like the United States of America.
But credentials must be the most important factor, and Michelle Childs, in my opinion, is qualified in every way.”
“I believe I made it fairly obvious that I’m a huge fan of Judge Childs,” Graham said, but he did not promise to vote in support of Childs’ probable candidacy.
Graham praised Childs, saying he has “broad support” in South Carolina and is “regarded as a fair-minded, highly-gifted jurist.”
Graham also called Childs “one of the most lovely persons I’ve ever known,” and stated that “having someone who is not [an alumnus of] Harvard or Yale would be beneficial for the court.”
“She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of South California. A background in public education. Graham added of Childs’ résumé, “She’s been a workers’ [compensation] judge.”
“She’s extremely qualified and has a fantastic reputation, so we’ll see how she fares if she’s nominated.” Michelle Childs, on the other hand, I cannot criticise. She’s a fantastic individual.”
Childs has been a U.S. District Judge in South Carolina since 2010, after being nominated by former President Barack Obama.
She has previously worked as a state court trial judge, a commissioner on the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission, and a deputy director at the South Carolina Department of Labor.
Biden nominated Childs for a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit last month, but her nomination has yet to be heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Several Black women, including U.S. Appeals Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, California Supreme Court Justice Leondra Kruger, and U.S. District Judge Leslie Abrams Gardner, are allegedly being considered by the White House to fill Breyer’s seat.
However, Childs is the only one of the prospective replacements for Breyer on the Supreme Court who has been officially acknowledged by the White House.
As a result, while Childs remains a candidate for the Supreme Court vacancy, the White House is not actively pushing to move her nomination to the D.C. Circuit.
Apart from Graham, House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) is Childs’ favourite pick. Clyburn is the highest-ranking African American in Congress and a close Biden buddy.
Clyburn remarked about the need of appointing a Black woman to the nation’s highest court on Sunday.
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“It says to every little child out there growing up in moderate circumstances, needing the help of the entire community to raise it, getting scholarships to go to school because they couldn’t afford to go otherwise, going to public schools because you didn’t get an offer from one of the big private schools it says to them, ‘You’ve got just as much of a chance to benefit from the greatness of this country like everybody else,'” Clyburn said.