President Biden is keeping his promise that in the event of a vacancy he will nominate a black woman to the Supreme Court, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said.
The Associate Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, 83, is going to retire at the end of the current term. The White House is declining to make a comment before the announcement is made by Breyer himself because it is his right to announce his retirement plans. Psaki confirmed the president stands by a promise he made in 2020 about a future potential nomination.
Joe Biden, who won the Dem. Party’s 2020 presidential nomination in large part because of his strong support among Black voters, noted that he had committed during the campaign to name a Black woman to a lifetime post on the supreme court and would be keeping his promise.“The pres. has reiterated and said that he is still committed to nominating a black female to the Supreme Court, he certainly still stands by that,” Psaki said during the press briefing. “For now, I am just not going to be able to discuss anything specific on the details until Justice Breyer has decided to make an announcement.”
Prior to the press briefing, Psaki tweeted that the White House would not have any comments on Breyer’s planned retirement. Biden later tells reporters he would “be happy to talk about it later” After Breyer makes an announcement.
“Whether or not to retire has always been a hard decision of any Supreme Court Justice and also how they would want to announce their retirement, and that is still the case today. There is not any additional information or details to share from the @WhiteHouse,” tweeted Psaki.
Joe Biden promised in 2020 that he would nominate a black woman to the Supreme Court if he had the chance to do so. The pres. noted at the time that he was already putting together a list of qualified black women, but he declined to release it prior to a vetting process.
This will be the president’s very first opportunity to nominate someone to the Supreme Court.