Republicans failed badly.
On Thursday (April 6), Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson became the first Black woman to be confirmed to Supreme Court Justice.
After the Senate confirmed the Judge’s historic nomination, President Joe Biden took to social media to express his joy that he could “share this moment with her.”
“Judge Jackson’s confirmation was a historic moment for our nation. We’ve taken another step toward making our highest court reflect the diversity of America.” He added that Jackson “will be an incredible Justice, and I was honored to share this moment with her.”
Jackson’s confirmation was made possible because of the backing of three Republican Senators, Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah, Susan Collins of Maine, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.
Despite Democrats being elated with the outcome of the vote, Republicans expressed their outrage by seemingly walking out following Vice President Kamala Harris stating, “On this vote, the yeas are 53, the nays are 47 and this nomination is confirmed.”
While the Democratic caucus and Romney stood to applaud Jackson’s confirmation, several Republican senators, including Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, walked out.
Prior to the vote, Cruz expressed his misgivings about Jackson’s record, saying, “I believe she will prove to be the furthest Left of any justice to have ever served on the Supreme Court.”
Despite the monumental confirmation, Jackson won’t be joining the bench yet. Instead, Jackson will only be sworn in once Justice Breyer officially retires which he is expected to do in late June or early July,