Former Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard has certainly not been shy in her criticism of the Biden administration – and now she is slamming the president over his pledge to choose a black female for the Supreme Court.
Gabbard said that the last person Biden chose on the same basis – Vice President Kamala Harris – has been a “disaster” thus far.
“Biden chose Harris as his VP because of the color of her skin and sex—not qualification,” Gabbard tweeted on Monday. “She’s been a disaster. Now he promises to choose Supreme Court nominee on the same criteria. Identity politics is destroying our country.”
Biden made his pledge during the South Carolina presidential primary in exchange for the endorsement of Rep. James Clyburn, a senior leader in the Democratic caucus and widely respected by the black voters who dominate the Democratic Party electorate in the state. He repeated that pledge in thereafter in a debate with Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Critics have pointed out that Biden’s use of race and sex would be widely considered to be problematic should the content be different, even according to principles that have been confirmed by the Supreme Court itself, and there are cases involving racial preferences pending before the Court.
In the past, however, Biden himself played a role in blocking a black female judicial nominee from having a seat on the nation’s highest court. Then-Senator Biden filibustered a black and female judicial nominee for two years during the George W. Bush administration.
Harris was chosen as Biden’s running mate despite a disastrous primary campaign, during which she suggested that Biden was insensitive to questions of race because of his previous rhetoric on the subject and his opposition to busing in the 1970s.
Gabbard and Harris tangled frequently on the debate stage, with Gabbard getting the better of Harris on several occasions.
She has struggled to establish public confidence in her role as Vice President, with low poll numbers and repeated failures on issues to which she has been assigned responsibility, such as addressing the “root causes” of the migration crisis at the border.
Meanwhile, Democrats are looking to distance themselves from President Biden ahead of midterm elections as he continues to embarrass the party.
Democrat Rep. Tim Ryan has chosen to campaign for Senate alongside Hillary Clinton. Hillary held a virtual fundraiser for the candidate as Biden watches from the sidelines – signaling an emerging trend.
As Biden’s approval rating is pegged at 33 percent among voters and 25 percent among independent voters, 2022 candidates have ignored and even outright opposed Biden’s help.
When Biden visited Georgia in January to speak about federalizing elections, gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams did not attend his event due to a scheduling conflict. Gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke stated last week he is “not interested” in help from Biden during his Texas campaign.
In addition, Democrat candidates seem to be gravitating towards Hillary’s political web of consultants and fundraisers. For instance, secretary of state candidate Anna Valencia in Illinois selected Hillary’s head fundraiser Laura Ricketts to operate her primary campaign.
“There is far too much at stake this year for the Democratic Party that we must ensure we have the right candidate on the ballot in the General Election,” Ricketts told Politico about the primary.
Author: Ryan Kim