US Senate confirms to be first Black woman to Supreme Court
US president had promised earlier during his campaign to support the arrival of the first Black women to the US supreme court.
On Thursday, the Senate confirmed President Joe Biden's Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, paving the door for her to become the first Black woman to serve on the nation's highest court.
According to CNN, the confirmation can be considered a major triumph for Democrats, which they can claim as a chance for the President to follow through on a campaign pledge at a time when the US is facing a number of domestic and international issues, including soaring inflation and the Ukraine crisis.
Jackson's confirmation won't alter the ideological rift in the court that is chiefly controlled by Republicans.
After Justice Stephen Breyer retires this summer, Jackson will be sworn in.
During his 2020 presidential campaign, Biden stated that if elected, he will nominate a Black woman to the Supreme Court.
A quarrel was ongoing between the Democrats and the Republicans about Jackson's nomination, as GOP members attacked Jackson during her confirmation hearings, attempting to depict her as weak on crime and, in a particularly inflammatory line of attack, overly soft in sentencing child pornography cases. The claims were met with a vehement denial from Jackson and the Democrats.
Jackson had emphasized her concern "for public safety and the rule of law," according to CNN. She also stated that she tackles her work "in an impartial way and that personal opinions do not play a role."
Republicans demanded decorum and respect during the nomination hearings, claiming that Democrats failed to do so during Brett Kavanaugh's Senate screening process. Kavanaugh was accused of sexual assault, which he categorically denied.
Democrats, on the other hand, claimed that Republicans went too far in distorting Jackson's record, particularly when it came to punishment in child pornography cases.