Rep. Jim Clyburn says Hillary Clinton would have won in 2016 if Obama had nominated a black woman to the Supreme Court

  • Jim Clyburn mentioned hillary clinton would have won in 2016 if Obama had called on a black woman to SCOTUS.
  • Clyburn told The Hill that GOP resistance to the pick would have increased black turnout that year.

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn says former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would have won the presidential election 2016 if the former president barack obama appointed a black woman to Supreme Courtaccording to The Hill.

In a conversation with the newspaper, the South Carolina Democrat discussed Obama’s nomination of the current attorney general Merrick Garland for the post that became vacant after the death in February 2016 of Deputy Judge Antonin Scalia.

“I will always believe that if it had been done when Garland’s name came up, Hillary Clinton would have been president,” he said.

He continued, “All you have to do is look at voter turnout. Look at Hillary Clinton’s turnout. I just think there would have been a lot more incentive for black voting in Michigan, for example, and in other places. other places, which I think would have made a huge difference. It would have given him a much better message to run on.

While Democratic presidential hopefuls previously won swing states Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania in every election from 1992 to 2012, Clinton lost all three in 2016 — and lowered turnout among Black voters coupled with a slump among rural white voters doomed his candidacy. If Clinton had won all three states instead of former President Donald Trump, she would have won the White House.

Earlier in 2016, Clyburn pressed Obama to nominate a black woman — Howard University Law School Dean Danielle Holley-Walker — whom journalists Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes wrote about in their book “Lucky: How Joe Biden Barely Won the President”.

However, Obama nominated Garland – who was widely seen by legal scholars as a moderate while serving on the highly influential United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit – to replace the deeply conservative Scalia.

Obama saw the resistance that the Senate Republicans were building and looking to find a replacement that was a respected commodity in a sharply divided Washington.

“Because of the political climate, President Obama wanted to make sure he chose someone who was beyond criticism as to whether or not he was ready to serve,” a former veteran told Politico. Obama White House official.

Republicans in the upper house — led by then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and then-Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa — blocked the vote anyway. nomination.

Clyburn’s earlier point was that a black female judge blocked by Senate Republicans would have added a selling point to Clinton’s candidacy and increased enthusiasm among black voters.

Since Trump took over the presidency that year, he was able to appoint Neil Gorsuch — a conservative judge from the Denver-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit — to the Supreme Court shortly after taking office in 2017.

In early 2020, then-Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden pledged to appoint the first black woman to the Supreme Court if he won his White House bid.

After receiving Clyburn’s coveted endorsement in the South Carolina primary, Biden easily won the state primary – fueled by support from black voters.

The win set him up for a dominating performance on Super Tuesday and the rest of the Democratic primaries, and he carried that broad support into his November win.

Weeks after Associate Justice Stephen Breyer announced in February that he would step down from the Supreme Court at the end of his current term, President Biden nominated Ketanji Brown Jackson – the first black woman – to serve on the court.

It was upheld by the Senate in the High Court last Thursday in a 53-47 vote.

Clyburn in a Friday appearance on MSNBC said “it meant so much” to him to see Jackson’s confirmation.

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