Biden has long promised to nominate a black woman to the high court.
Wicker said the reason for his concern is that the Supreme Court is currently hearing affirmative action cases and it would be a conflict to be sitting with someone who benefitted from it.
“The majority of the court may be saying writ large that it’s unconstitutional. We’ll see how that irony works out,” he said.
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White House deputy press secretary Andrew Bates noted the difference in Wicker’s response when President Donald Trump announced he would nominate a woman to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
“When the previous president followed through on his own promise … Senator Wicker said, ‘I have five granddaughters, the oldest one is 10. I think Justice Amy Coney Barrett will prove to be an inspiration to these five granddaughters and to my grown daughters.’ We hope Senator Wicker will give President Biden’s nominee the same consideration he gave to then-Judge Barrett,” Bates said.
Although still unnamed, Biden’s nominee has gotten mixed reactions from the opposing party.
Some, like Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham (South Carolina), are supportive.
“Put me in the camp of making sure the court and other institutions look like America. You know, we make a real effort as Republicans to recruit women and people of color to make the party look more like America. Affirmative action is picking somebody not as well qualified for past wrongs,” Graham said on CBS’s Face the Nation.
Wicker said that he just hopes Biden nominates someone that “will not misinterpret the law.”
Biden’s nominee “will probably not get a single Republican vote,” Wicker added.
Biden said he will publicly announce his nominee in February.
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