83-year-old Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will reportedly retire, opening the door for Joe Biden to appoint his first Supreme Court justice on the 6-3 conservative majority court, according to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).
During the 2020 campaign, Biden pledged that he would nominate the first black woman Supreme Court justice.
Schumer on Wednesday issued a statement saying that Breyer will step down from the Supreme Court at the end of the court’s term in the summer of this year. He also said that Biden’s nominee “will receive a prompt hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee, and will be considered and confirmed by the full United States Senate with all deliberate speed.”
President Biden’s Supreme Court nominee will receive a prompt hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee and be considered and confirmed by the full United States Senate with all deliberate speed. pic.twitter.com/mUT8GSUHzi
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) January 26, 2022
Meanwhile, Arizona State Senator Wendy Rogers (R) reacted to the news of Breyer reportedly retiring and called for the Senate to “filibuster, stall, delay” until 2024.
The US Senate needs to filibuster, stall, delay and hold Biden’s Supreme Court pick until 2024.
— Wendy Rogers (@WendyRogersAZ) January 26, 2022
Similarly, other high-profile voices on Twitter chimed in with their thoughts over Breyer’s reported retirement.
Jack Posobiec speculated Breyer’s retirement “means Dems know they are losing the Senate” in the midterms this November.
I don't know who needs to hear this but Breyer announcing retirement means Dems know they are losing the Senate this year
— Wag the Poso 🐕 (@JackPosobiec) January 26, 2022
President of Judicial Watch Tom Fitton said, “I can’t imagine why Senate Republicans would agree to move on Biden’s replacement for Breyer” until after the midterms.
I can't imagine why Senate Republicans would agree to move on Biden's replacement for Breyer until after the November elections.
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) January 26, 2022
Congresswoman Lauren Boebert (R-CO) suggested “Biden should follow” Breyer “out the door”.
Stephen Breyer is not the retirement we’ve been waiting for.
Biden should follow him out the door.
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) January 26, 2022
She added, “We need the Senate to stand strong for the Constitution!”
BREAKING: Justice Breyer is retiring.
Joe Biden will try to appoint a radical leftist.
We need the Senate to stand strong for the Constitution!
— Rep. Lauren Boebert (@RepBoebert) January 26, 2022
Axios claimed that Senate Democrats will have “enough time to shape the midterms”:
With news outlets reporting Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer's plans to retire, Dems will be looking to confirm Biden's nominee with enough time to shape the midterms.
— Axios (@axios) January 26, 2022
Biden on Wednesday, however, told reporters, “There’s been no announcement from Justice Breyer. Let him make whatever statement he’s going to make and I’ll be happy to talk about it later.”
Joe Biden reacts to Justice Breyer's retirement from the Supreme Court: pic.twitter.com/lHyJT8ysTU
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) January 26, 2022
"We should clarify, we have not heard from Justice Breyer directly…" pic.twitter.com/6SHTqtkvsk
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) January 26, 2022
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