Tulsi Gabbard, a former Democratic presidential candidate, recently excoriated President Joe Biden’s pledge to appoint a Supreme Court justice that is female and black. Using Vice President Kamala Harris as a prominent example, Gabbard argued that identity politics have translated into a “disaster” at the vice-presidential level thus far.
“[President Joe] Biden chose Harris as his VP because of the color of her skin and sex,” Gabbard declared on Twitter, “not qualification.”
As a result of Biden’s brazen identity politics, his vice president has been “a disaster,” which is evident from the border crisis alone.
“Now he promises to choose a Supreme Court nominee on the same criteria,” Gabbard continued in disbelief, “identity politics is destroying our country.”
During the South Carolina presidential primary, Biden proclaimed that he would appoint a black female to the Supreme Court if he were given the opportunity to do so. At the time, the motivation for Biden’s promise was widely reported to be the endorsement of Democratic Representative James Clyburn.
Clyburn is a senior leader in the Democratic caucus, and he is also enormously respected amongst the black voters who dominate a significant percentage of South Carolina’s Democratic Party electorate. Consequently, his endorsement was crucial for Biden to maintain traction amongst minority voters.
Biden also reiterated his commitment to appointing a black female Supreme Court justice during a debate with Senator Bernie Sanders over the course of his campaign.
Various critics have observed that Biden’s brazen use of sex and race to determine key appointments would generally be considered unconstitutional in many contexts, per various principles that have been affirmed by the Supreme Court itself. Moreover, Biden’s fixation on race is especially problematic considering that various cases regarding racial preferences are presently pending before the Court.
However, others have argued in favor of Biden’s pledge, arguing that Biden should appoint a black woman to the Court because no other black women have yet served in that position.
Ironically, when Biden was a senator, he previously filibustered a female and black judicial nominee for two years over the course of the George W. Bush administration, illustrating how Democrats have often fought to keep Republican presidents’ minority appointees off the federal bench due to fears of their eventual promotion.
Gabbard, a well-known representative from Hawaii, as well as a U.S. Army reservist, has levied several criticisms against the Democrat Party in recent times. She is also the first Samoan-American to have a vote in Congress, as well as the first Hindu to serve.
However, while Gabbard rose to fame on the basis of her achievements, Harris was selected in spite of an utterly disastrous primary campaign for her own bid for the presidency. During her presidential bid, Harris herself accused Biden of insensitivity towards racial issues, apparently due to Biden’s opposition to busing in the 1970s coupled with his prior rhetoric regarding race.
Whenever Harris sparred with Gabbard, however, Gabbard frequently got the best of Harris on multiple occasions.
Since becoming vice-president, Harris has achieved minimal public confidence, as evidenced by persistently low polling numbers and a revolving door staff, many of whom were also employed on the basis of sex and race, rather than experience and skills, which explains the enormous turnover rate.
Harris has also been unable to identify or address “root causes” of illegal migration, which continues to swell under her watch.