Ted Cruz calls Biden’s vow to nominate Black woman to U.S. Supreme Court “offensive”

Ted Cruz calls Biden’s vow to nominate Black woman to U.S. Supreme Court “offensive”

Isabel Webb Carey
Isabel Webb Carey
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February 2, 2022

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz described President Joe Biden’s promise to nominate a Black woman to the Supreme Court as “offensive” and “an insult to Black women” in a podcast published Monday morning.

Following the announcement of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer’s retirement last week, the Biden administration confirmed his intention to fulfill his longstanding campaign promise to nominate a Black woman to the high court.

Cruz joined some of his Republican colleagues in criticizing President Joe Biden’s decision, calling the decision an insult to Americans and the eventual nominee.

“The fact that he is willing to make a promise at the outset that it must be a Black woman I’ve got to say that’s offensive,” Cruz said of Biden on his regular podcast and streaming show “Verdict with Ted Cruz.” “Black women are what, 6 percent of the U.S. population? He’s saying to 94 percent of Americans ‘I don’t give a damn about you, you are ineligible.'”

“It’s actually an insult to Black women,” Cruz continued. “If he came and said ‘I’m going to put the best jurist on the court’ and he looked at a number of people and he ended up nominating a Black woman, he could credibly say ‘OK, I’m nominating the person who’s most qualified.’ He’s not even pretending to say that.”

Biden has not yet named a nominee but said he anticipates making a formal nomination before the end of February. Supreme Court nominees only require a simple majority of senators to vote for confirmation and so it is likely that Biden’s choice will be ratified. 

The comments, which came a day before the start of Black History Month, were slammed by critics.

“This nation has been built on the strength and fortitude of Black women. We are everything from caregivers to CEOs and soon, a Supreme Court Justice,” tweeted Rep. Marilyn Strickland. “The only thing insulting to this Black woman is Ted Cruz thinking he speaks for us.”

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Isabel Webb Carey

Isabel Webb Carey

Isabel Webb Carey attends the University of Texas at Austin in the Plan II Honors Program with a certificate in Core Texts and Ideas. Her interests include education, local governance, sustainability, and equity. Isabel enjoys dancing, hiking, and live music. She is also a staff writer for the Texas Orator. Email her at isabelwebbcarey@gmail.com
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