With 53 votes against 47, Judge Jackson rallied the entire Democratic caucus as well as Republicans Mitt Romney, Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins.
These three elected officials had signaled their intentions a few days ago, which had paved the way for a confirmation that would not need the casting vote of Vice President Kamala Harris in the event of a tie.
The announcement of the results, greeted by a standing ovation in the Democratic camp, had been delayed because Republican Senator Rand Paul was late for the vote.
President Joe Biden, who had invited Judge Jackson to the White House for the conduct of the vote, applauded the result on Twitter.
” The confirmation [de la nomination] of Justice Jackson was a historic moment for our nation. We have gone one step further to ensure that our highest court reflects America’s diversity. »
She will be an amazing judge, and I was honored to share this moment with her.he wrote.
A sign of the importance of this vote, it was Kamala Harris, the first black woman to become vice-president, who assumed the presidency.
It’s a wonderful day, a joyful day, an inspiring dayexclaimed before the vote the leader of the Democratic majority in the Senate, Chuck Schumersaluting the
model that Justice Brown will offer to generations of children.
It’s a great moment for Judge Jackson, but it’s an even greater moment for America as it rises to ‘a more perfect union’he said, alluding to the US Constitution.
However, this was not the time for celebration among Republicans, who have confirmed the appointment of three conservative judges in recent years.
Today the far left got the Supreme Court justice they wantedsaid Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell ahead of the vote.
The 51-year-old magistrate will be sworn in when progressive Justice Stephen Breyer, who has decided to retire, steps down this summer.
The professional experience of Justice Jackson, a Harvard graduate who sits on the Federal Court of Appeals in Washington, contrasts with the usual profile of those who preceded her or who currently serve on the Court: in the mid-2000s , she was a defense attorney in the federal legal aid service.
Avoid further control from the right
Justice Brown is the first justice appointed to the Supreme Court by Democrats in 12 years, since Republicans, when they controlled the Senate in the era of Barack Obama, refused to hold a vote on the nomination of Merrick Garland.
Donald Trump was then able to appoint three judges, thus cementing the control of the conservative wing of the Court, presumably for decades.
The arrival of Judge Jackson will not change the balance of the Court – six conservatives and three progressives – since she succeeds progressive Judge Stephen Breyer, the 83-year-old dean of the institution.
However, it will allow Democrats to avoid a scenario like the one caused by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in September 2020, which swung the Supreme Court more to the right.
A Court that looks more like
Since taking office, Joe Biden has placed more emphasis on diversity than his predecessor Donald Trump.
When Justice Jackson was appointed to the Supreme Court last February, Joe Biden insisted on representativeness.
For too long our government, our courts, have not looked like America. I believe it is time we had a court that reflects all the talent and greatness of our nation, with a candidate with extraordinary qualificationshe had said when announcing his choice.
Of the 116 justices appointed to the Supreme Court since 1789, 108 have been white men.
For the first time, they will not be in the majority at the Court, which will have four white men and a black man this summer, as well as four women, two white, one Hispanic and one black.
Joe Biden had announced his intention to appoint a black justice to the Supreme Court towards the end of the Democratic primary cycle.
Even before knowing the identity of the chosen judge, Republicans had criticized the decision, protesting against the exclusion of whites from this process.
The hearings devoted to his nomination were then marked by partisanship. Described by elected representatives of the Republican camp as an activist of the
radical left and culture
wake upJudge Jackson had to answer questions not usually asked of a candidate, such as:
Can you define the word ”feme”? Where
Are babies racist?
Some Republicans have also accused her of being soft on pedophiles, which she has denied. Several analysts have seen this line of attack as an allusion to QAnon’s conspiracy theories, which make pedophilia a central issue.