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A woman whom President Joe Biden recently nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit may be on her way to the Supreme Court instead thanks to the nepotism-like influence of one powerful Democrat lawmaker.
In late December, the president nominated South Carolina U.S. District Judge Michelle Childs to serve on the D.C. appeals court. As of late January, her confirmation remained pending — perhaps indefinitely.
The White House confirmed late Friday that her confirmation hearing has been placed on hold because she’s now “under consideration for the Supreme Court” as a replacement for outgoing Justice Stephen Breyer.
“Judge Childs is among multiple individuals under consideration for the Supreme Court, and we are not going to move her nomination on the Court of Appeals while the President is considering her for this vacancy,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Andrew Bates told Fox News in a statement.
She’s one of several nominees — more than three, according to Bates — and so she could inevitably still wind up on the appeals court.
But unlike her competitors, she has a major advantage thanks to House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, a veteran South Carolina Democrat lawmaker who’s been pleading with the Biden administration for nearly a year to install her on the high court if given the chance.
“Mr. Clyburn … has been particularly active on her behalf as part of what his advisers say is his most significant request of the administration. The 80-year-old House whip has made the case for Ms. Childs with Ms. Harris; Ms. Remus; and Senator Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, the Judiciary Committee chair,” The New York Times reported on Feb. 21st, 2021.
He’s in fact long been “particularly active,” as demonstrated by the pic below from Fields’ 2010 confirmation hearing to serve as U.S. District Judges for the District of South Carolina:
Despite Childs having neither a law degree from Harvard or Yale nor any previous experience on a federal appeals court — reportedly unlike the current justices — Clyburn told the Times last year that she’s “the kind of person who has the sort of experiences that would make her a good addition to the Supreme Court.”
His promotion of her will likely hold great weight given as he’s also the same lawmaker who forced Biden into pledging to nominate a black woman to the Supreme Court in the first place.
Yahoo News reports that during the 2020 primary elections, Biden “was counting on a promised endorsement from the most powerful figure in the state’s Democratic politics, House Majority Whip James Clyburn, the former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, to revive his campaign.”
To revive his almost dead campaign, to be exact.
And he did get that endorsement, but only after Clyburn “extract[ed] a firm promise from Biden: that he would name an African American woman to the Supreme Court.”
Thanks to the endorsement, Biden won South Carolina in a landslide, and this single victory provided the momentum needed for him to take the nomination and eventually the presidency as well. And so in other words, the president owes Clyburn a lot. And indeed, Clyburn is still continuing to tout Childs.
“Michelle Childs is a from a blue-collar family. She’s a graduate of a Florida public university. She’s a graduate of the South Carolina public law school. She has been deputy director of a state agency, and she has been a worker’s comp judge, knowing the corporate side of the world, as well as the labor,” he said this week to The Washington Post after news of Breyer’s impending retirement emerged.
“She was deputy director of the Labor Department here in South Carolina. She knows the labor issues. She knows the management issues. And that’s why everywhere I go people tell me what an outstanding federal judge she has been at the district level. So, she has what I call the kind of background and experiences that we ought to have, that judges and jurists ought to have,” the Democrat lawmaker added.
He further asserted that he’s “absolutely” certain that congressional Republicans would support her confirmation.
“We have two Republican senators from South Carolina. Both of them know Michelle Childs very well, and both of them have spoken highly of her. And the Republicans all over this state think that she’s an outstanding jurist,” he said.
Yet according to the Times’ report from last year, another one of her outspoken supporters happens to be CNN’s Bakari Sellers, a blatant racist with a history of disparaging black conservatives with racial terms and dismissing the history of white people as nothing but “slavery, rape, degradation”:
Just because black people use the word nigger/nigga (whatever), NO white ppl cannot use it. Our history with the word is complex. Yours is not (slavery, rape, degradation, etc).
Some ppl are making it complicated. It is not.
— Bakari Sellers (@Bakari_Sellers) July 12, 2018
“Bakari Sellers, a Democratic political commentator who is close to Ms. Harris, has also pitched members of the vice-president’s inner circle on Ms. Childs, who was appointed to the federal bench by Mr. Obama in 2010,” according to the Times.
“Not just for our party but for the judiciary it’s important to have somebody who has lived experiences,” he told the outlet.
For someone this radically left-wing and racist to recommend Childs to the high court does raise questions about what exactly her beliefs are, and whether or not they have anything to do with the U.S. Constitution …
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