Video: White House Tips Its Hand On Supreme Court Nominee

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki

( – Earlier this afternoon, during her daily briefing for the White House Press Corps, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki made no secret of the fact that President Joe Biden, as he promised during his 2020 Presidential Election campaign, will nominate a Black woman to replace outgoing Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.

You can watch the video of Psaki’s remarks further down this post.

Responding to questions about who Biden will nominate, Psaki stated:

“A lot of news out there today. So, let me reiterate something you’ve heard the president say, and I also said over Twitter. It’s always been the decision of any Supreme Court Justice, if and when they decide to retire, how they want to announce it, and that remains the case today. So, we’re not going to have additional details.”

Then, responding to a hypothetical follow-up question asking whether Biden “plans to honor his pledge to nominate a Black woman to the [Supreme] Court?, Psaki stated:

“The president has stated and reiterated his commitment to nominating a Black woman to the Supreme Court and certainly stands by that…” [emphasis added]

Two things are clear.

First, despite the White House’s deference to Justice Breyer to allow him to announce his retirement, that retirement is all but certain.

Second, Biden will nominate the first Black woman to the United States Supreme Court.