Republicans in the United States Senate have just spent the last couple of weeks doing everything within their power to make Biden’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s, life an utter living Hell during her Senate confirmation hearings. Texas Senator Ted Cruz repeatedly made an ass out of himself in nothing more than a stilted effort to garner some viral Fox News clips. South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham completely stormed out of Judge Jackson’s hearings not just once, but twice, and then proceeded to make an even bigger scene out of his announcement that he would not vote in favor of her confirmation — the first and only time, to date, that Senator Graham has opposed a Supreme Court pick in his entire congressional career.
But in the end, the GOP’s hate did not prevail.
Today, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson made history when she was officially confirmed as the United States’ very first Black female Supreme Court Justice.
Just six weeks after President Biden announced his nomination of Judge Jackson, making good on a promise he’s made to the American people since his campaign days, Ketanji Brown Jackson was confirmed today to a lifetime Supreme Court appointment in a 53-47 vote.
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“For too long, our government, our courts haven’t looked like America,” the president said in his original nomination announcement. “I believe it’s time that we have a Court that reflects the full talents and greatness of our nation with a nominee of qualifications, and that will inspire all young people to believe that they can one day serve their country at the highest level.”
The White House confirmed that Judge Jackson joined President Biden and other administration officials and senior staff in the Roosevelt Room to watch as the vote results came in.
The heavy importance and historical impact of Jackson’s confirmation was palpable in the Senate chambers this afternoon, as senators largely remained at their desks throughout the vote, while House members and the Congressional Black Caucus gathered to watch and wait.
Vice President Kamala Harris presided over the Senate vote but was not needed as a tie-breaker after three key Republicans — Maine’s Susan Collins, Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski, and Utah’s Mitt Romney — voted in Jackson’s favor.
After Vice President Harri officially called the vote, the Senate chambers broke out into a standing ovation of applause from the Democratic lawmakers, as their Republican counterparts quickly filed out of the room.
You can watch the clip from CNN here:
In a historic move, the Senate has confirmed Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Watch the moment Democrats gave a standing ovation while some GOP members walked out of the chamber. pic.twitter.com/gkUd2dHpL7
— CNN (@CNN) April 7, 2022
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