President Joe Biden appeared on Friday alongside Vice President Kamala Harris to celebrate the arrival of Ketanji Brown Jackson (left) on the Supreme Court of the United States
The event was billed as a celebration by a White House and Democratic party that has been thin on victories recently.
But Biden used it to attack Republican senators
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s husband Dr.
Patrick Jackson and daughter Leila Jackson arrive on the South Lawn for the event on Friday to celebrate her appointment to the Supreme Court
Hundreds of guests stood and applauded the first black, female justice on the Supreme Court
COVID-19 has laid law much of Washington’s political elite this week, but it didn’t stop Biden hugging Jackson, the first black, female justice on the Supreme Court
The crowd gathered as Biden and Vice President Harris celebrated Jackson’s confirmation to the Supreme Court
Jackson, 51, a federal appellate judge, was confirmed to the lifetime post by the Senate on Thursday on a 53-47 vote in a milestone for the United States and a political victory for the Democratic president.
She will replace the retiring Justice Stephen Breyer, 83.
But to get there she had to face hours of grilling by Republican senators who attacked her record as a public defender and as judge on her sentencing.
This week Sen. Tom Cotton suggested that she would have defended Nazis.
‘The last Judge Jackson left the Supreme Court to go to Nuremberg and prosecute the case against the Nazis,’ he said on Tuesday, as the Senate debated her nomination, referring to Justice Robert H Jackson, who was chief counsel in the prosecution of Nazi war criminals.
‘This Judge Jackson might have gone there to defend them.’
Sen. Josh Hawley led the Republican charge with a Twitter thread that previewed his line of questioning during the hearings.
He claimed that Jackson had a history of letting ‘child porn offenders off the hook’ in the courtroom and in her legal opinions.
Republicans also ridiculed her when she steered clear of a trap when she was asked if she could define the word “woman.’
‘No, I can’t,’ she declared, before adding: ‘I’m not a biologist’.
‘This is a tremendously historic day in the White House and in the country, and this is a fulfillment of a promise the president made to the country,’ said White House press secretary Jen Psaki.
In nominating Jackson, Biden delivered on a campaign promise to select the first black woman to serve on a court filled almost exclusively by white men for almost two centuries.
He also chose an attorney who will be the high court’s first former public defender — with the elite legal background of other justices as well.
She has degrees from Harvard and Harvard Law School and held top clerkships, including for Breyer himself.
Jackson’s arrival on the bench won’t change the 6-3 conservative majority. But it comes with political and historic resonance.
Biden nominated her on the second anniversary of his pledge ahead of the South Carolina presidential primary to select a Black woman for the court.
The move helped resurrect his flailing campaign and preserved his pathway to the White House.
‘We’ve taken another step toward making our highest court reflect the diversity of America,’ Biden said in a tweet Thursday after posing for a selfie with the justice-in-waiting.
‘She will be an incredible Justice, and I was honored to share this moment with her.’