Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) showed why the GOP has so much trouble getting black voters to support them with remarks he made that President Joe Biden’s nominee to replace Justice Stephen Breyer on the Supreme Court will be a “beneficiary” of affirmative action because the president has promised to nominate a black woman to fill Breyer’s seat.
The Washington Post reports that Wicker made his disgusting remarks during an interview with a Mississippi radio station:
The comments from Republican Sen. Roger Wicker came Friday during a wide-ranging radio interview, in which he bemoaned the “left-wing judge” that Biden is likely to nominate to replace retiring Justice Stephen G. Breyer. Asked by host Paul Gallo on SuperTalk Mississippi Radio about Biden’s vow to nominate a Black woman, Wicker acknowledged the president was fulfilling a campaign promise.
“The irony is that the Supreme Court is at the very same time hearing cases about this sort of affirmative racial discrimination, while adding someone who is the beneficiary of this sort of quota,” Wicker said.
Wicker then added:
“The majority of the court may be saying writ large that it’s unconstitutional. We’ll see how that irony works out,” he said, adding that whoever Biden nominates “will probably not get a single Republican vote.”
The White House wasted no time firing back at Wicker, with spokesman Andrew Bates issuing a statement:
(The president’s) promise to elevate a Black woman to the highest U.S. court “is in line with the best traditions of both parties and our nation.”
Bates noted that Ronald Reagan had pledged during his presidential campaign to send the first woman to the court, saying that it “symbolized” the American ideal that “permits persons of any sex, age, or race, from every section and every walk of life to aspire and achieve in a manner never before even dreamed about in human history.”
The fact that Wicker represents the state of Mississippi is also telling, whether he has the gumption to admit it or not. The state was one of the most violently opposed to civil rights for African-Americans and was also where three voting rights volunteers were killed by racists allied with the Ku Klux Klan in the summer of 1964.
If Sen. Wicker is opposed to who President Biden nominates, he can vote against her. Until then, he needs to sit down and shut the hell up.
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