News of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer’s retirement shocked the nation, but according to reports, it apparently shocked the White House even more.
Conservative activist and TV personality Jack Posobiec claimed in a Friday tweet that not only did the retirement announcement catch President Joe Biden’s White House off guard, but it apparently led to Biden asking Vice President Kamala Harris if she might be interested in the job — an idea that a number of conservative commentators had floated in the wake of the announcement.
WH had no idea about Breyer retiring and now they’re scrambling. They asked Kamala and she said no, per WH staffer
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) January 28, 2022
Though Posobiec’s information hasn’t been confirmed by any mainstream sources, as of yet, the idea of asking Harris to fill the role is a plausible strategy for the struggling White House. Harris, given her poor performance and dismal polling numbers, isn’t exactly an ideal presumptive party nominee for the 2024 presidential election.
Moving her to the Supreme Court would be looked at as a lateral move, and she would enjoy making history once again as the first Black female justice, which Biden has made clear on multiple occasions that he’s only picking a nominee based on skin color, and not qualifications.
While some Twitter users weren’t surprised that Biden would make such an ask, others believe there’s no truth to the report, and went on to claim that the leak of Breyer’s retirement was purposeful in order to create some much-needed distraction.
“I don’t buy that for a second that they had no idea. This was planned. They need a distraction from everything else and something to fire their base up for,” one user wrote in response to Posobiec’s claim.
According to Politico, Biden already has a shortlist of potential nominees for the coming high court vacancy, including Ketanji Brown Jackson, Leondra Kruger, and Julianna Michelle Childs, all three of which are Black females, which would fulfill Biden’s vow.
While many applauded the idea of moving Harris from the White House to the Supreme Court, others worried that having Harris in that position would be even worse, as then she’d be around for decades, potentially, instead of one or two terms in the White House.