An overwhelming number of celebrities are standing behind Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson on the first day of her hearings.
On Monday, the attorney and federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit attended her first of four hearings to determine if she will be confirmed as a Supreme Court justice, making her the first Black woman to serve on the Court.
During the Senate Judiciary Committee held in Washington, D.C., senators will take turns making statements and then asking Jackson questions about her storied career as a lawyer and jurist, as well as her views on law and policy.
If all in agreement, Democrats can confirm Jackson without a single Republican vote.
However, Republicans will likely question her judicial record, including her rulings as a federal district court judge that were overturned on appeal, such as her decision to restrain an immigration policy from former President Donald Trump.
Minority leader Mitch McConnell has also previously said that he wants Jackson to state whether she would support adding seats to the court.
Prior to the start of the hearings, numerous public figures — including our very own Loni Love — wrote messages in support of Jackson and her historic accomplishments.
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This is the face of a Black woman ALREADY over the shenanigans. It’s also the face of a Black woman already formulating how she is going to handle all this hot garbage. She is BUILT for this, WE are built for this. #KetanjiBrownJackson #SheWillRise pic.twitter.com/jA8l7LMBNq
In late November, President Joe Biden announced he had nominated Jackson to the Supreme Court after a monthlong search.
“Not only did she learn about being a judge from Justice Breyer himself, she saw the great rigor through which Stephen Breyer approached his work,” Biden said about Jackson’s work as a former clerk for Justice Breyer, who had served on the SCOTUS since 1994, and whose retirement created a vacancy.
“If I’m fortunate enough to be confirmed as the next associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States,” Judge Jackson said in a speech, “I can only hope that my life and career, my love of this country and the Constitution and my commitment to upholding the rule of law and the sacred principles upon which this great nation was founded, will inspire future generations of Americans.”
Biden previously promised to nominate a Black woman to the Supreme Court, saying at a February 2020 debate prior to his presidency, “I’m looking forward to making sure there’s a Black woman on the Supreme Court to make sure we in fact get everyone represented.”
Last month, we interviewed Justice Yvette McGee Brown, the first Black woman to be appointed to the Ohio Supreme Court, who gave her two cents on Biden’s plan to nominate a Black woman to SCOTUS.
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