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MoveOn Executive Director Rahna Epting Statement on Reported Historic Supreme Court Nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson

In response to news reports that President Biden will nominate Ketanji Brown Jackson, Rahna Epting issued the following statement:

“President Biden’s reported nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson for the Supreme Court is a historic moment for our country and the ongoing fight to ensure that justice is equal under the law. We have gone more than 240 years without a Black woman on the Supreme Court, and it’s long past time to see an excellent nominee who will bring that perspective.

“Ketanji Brown Jackson is an eminently qualified jurist with a remarkable record spanning Harvard Law School, a Supreme Court clerkship, and serving as a judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. She is the first nominee since Thurgood Marshall to have experience as a defense lawyer.

“We look forward to a swift confirmation, with which the GOP should have no qualms given Senator McConnell’s track record of expediting Supreme Court nominees. 

“Today’s landmark announcement will undoubtedly kick off an ugly cesspool of racist and sexist attacks from the right. MoveOn members across the country will have Judge Jackson’s back and hold any political leaders responsible for cowardly smears accountable in November.”

“While it will require more than one nominee to rebalance the Supreme Court, which has been hijacked by right-wing power grabs, MoveOn members are ready to see the confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson, to secure this critical and historic moment, and to push back against attacks and disinformation throughout this process.”