Fox News poll shows majority in favor of African American woman to be SCOTUS nominee

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On the same day that President Joe Biden nominated a black woman to the Supreme Court based on her race, another poll emerged showing that while a majority of Americans have no problem with a black woman being nominated to the court, they do take issue with a black woman being nominated because of her race.

Conducted by Fox News, the poll found that 63 percent majority of Americans were perfectly fine with a black woman being nominated to the court by the president. Another 28 percent disagreed, and the final 8 percent said they “don’t know.”

Keep in mind how the question was worded: “Would you favor or oppose President Biden nominating an African-American woman to fill Breyer’s seat on the high court?”

It’s possible the opposition stems from a belief that the race of any SCOTUS nominee shouldn’t be of concern, period.

And indeed, the same poll found that a 57 percent majority of Americans believed it was “inappropriate” for the president “to promise to consider only African-American women for his first nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.”

A 38 percent minority said the move was “appropriate,” and the remaining 5 percent said they “don’t know.”

Note that 38 percent is the same percentage of Americans who “approve” of the president, according to a Harvard-Harris poll published Friday.

Fox News’ poll was reportedly conducted between Feb. 19th and Feb. 22nd, meaning before the president went ahead and nominated far-left zealot Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the high court on Friday.

It’s not clear yet how the public views the nomination. On one hand, a majority see nothing wrong with a black woman being nominated to the court. But on the other hand, everybody knows that Jackson was chosen in part because of her race.

While formally announcing outgoing Justice Stephen Breyer’s retirement on Jan. 27th, the president doubled down on his 2020 campaign pledge to nominate a black woman to the court.

“I have made no decision except one. The person I will nominate will be someone with extraordinary qualifications, character, experience and integrity. And that person will be the first black woman ever nominated to the United States Supreme Court. It’s long overdue, in my view. I made that commitment during the campaign for president, and I will keep that commitment,” he said.

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The announcement provoked widespread backlash, with critics accusing the president of making waste of Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of a world in which one’s character would trump the color of one’s skin.

Even Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera described the president’s decision as “affirmative action,” though knowing Rivera, it was no surprise to learn that he supported the move.

Many, however, didn’t. An ABC News/Ipsos poll found that a 76 percent majority of Americans, including a stunning 54 percent of Democrats, wanted the president to consider “all possible nominees,” not just the black female ones.

After the president nominated Jackson to the high court on Friday, he posted three celebratory tweets about his nomination. Despite his @POTUS account boasting nearly 19 million followers, the tweets had only earned a total of about 80,000 likes by Saturday morning.

And while the tweets weren’t technically ratioed, the comments were often blistering, and not just because of the racial aspect of his nomination. His critics were also annoyed by him choosing to make the announcement amid the crisis in Ukraine.

Combined, his racial essentialism, his failure in protecting Ukraine and his handling of the economy are poised to drive his approval rating even lower.

By the way, the same Harvard-Harris poll mentioned earlier also found that 62 percent of Americans believe “Putin would not be moving against Ukraine if [former President Donald] Trump” were still president …

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