Lindsey Graham on J. Michelle Childs: Senator praises the potential Supreme Court candidate

“I can not think of a better person for President Biden to consider for the Supreme Court than Michelle Childs. She has broad support in our state, she is considered a just, highly gifted lawyer. She is one of the most decent people I’ve ever met, “said Graham, who represents South Carolina and sits on the Judiciary Committee, in an interview on CBS ‘” Face the Nation “Sunday.

“She’s highly qualified. She’s a good character and we’ll see how she does if she’s nominated. But I can not say anything bad about Michelle Childs. She’s a great person,” Graham continued.

The White House confirmed that Childs was among the candidates President Joe Biden is considering to fill the vacancy in the Supreme Court, which was created when Judge Stephen Breyer announced his retirement on Thursday. Childs was originally nominated to serve on the appellate court, but her nomination has been delayed as Biden considers her the Supreme Court.

House Majority Whip James Clyburn also spoke for Childs in an interview on CBS Sunday. CNN has previously reported that Clyburn, representing South Carolina’s 6th District, has personally lobbied Biden for Childs being nominated to the Supreme Court.

Clyburn said seeing a black woman in high court would show children who “grow up in moderate circumstances” that they have “as great a chance” of success as anyone else. He alluded to Childs’ public education at the University of South Carolina School of Law, unlike the majority of Ivy League-educated referees who have historically sat on the bench.

“What it says to every little kid out there who grows up in moderate circumstances who needs the whole community to help raise it, to get scholarships to go to school because they could not afford to go, otherwise go to public schools because you do not get an offer from one of the big private schools – it tells them you have as great a chance to benefit from the greatness of this country as anyone else, “said Clyburn.

Graham, who agreed that Childs’ educational background would benefit the court, rejected arguments from other Republicans that Biden unfairly imposes race and gender criteria on his nomination. He defended Childs as “highly qualified” and cited Republican President Ronald Reagan’s nomination of Sandra Day O’Connor as a precedent for making nominations based in part on demographic criteria.
GOP senator says black woman's Supreme Court election would be 'favored' by positive action

“President Reagan said he was running for office, that he wanted to put the first woman on the court. Whether you like it or not, Joe Biden said, ‘I want to elect an African-American woman to serve on the Supreme Court.’ said Graham. Asked about Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker’s comment that the nominee would be the “recipient” of positive action, Graham said, would not be the case with Childs.

“I believe there are plenty of qualified African-American women, conservatives and liberals, who could go to court. So I do not see Michelle Childs as an act of positive action. I actually see putting a black woman on the court.” which makes the court more like America, “Graham said. “So let’s make the court more like America, but qualifications should be the biggest consideration, and as for Michelle Childs, I think she’s qualified in every way.”

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