Biden Encouraged To Replace Ginsburg With Michelle Obama To ‘Honor’ Her Legacy

Who would Joe Biden appoint to fill a Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday?

Emerson College professor Dr. Roger House has an idea: former First Lady Michelle Obama.

In an op-ed this week, House encouraged Biden to announce he would select Obama to “honor” her life and legacy.

“The nominee must be someone who advances the cause of racial and gender justice and quells Republican efforts to bum-rush a replacement,” House said via the Daily Caller.

“What it means is that the Biden campaign cannot simply propose to nominate a woman of traditional qualifications for the court. If it is to make history, then it must spotlight a woman who embodies the dream of the civil rights movement. That person is former first lady Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama,” he continued.

House argued the politics and optics are more important than the experience on her resume.

“As the nation grapples with protests for racial justice, Obama is best positioned to symbolize the Afro-American promise,” House wrote. “Her roots in the authentic experience of the Black urban migration connects her story to the story of pioneer civil rights figures such as Mary McLeod Bethune,” who “rose from humble origins on a cotton plantation in South Carolina to found the Bethune-Cookman Institute in Daytona Beach, Fla., and to become an adviser to former President Franklin Roosevelt during the Great Depression.”

Michelle Obama is “singularly qualified,” the professor argued as she is representative—ignoring qualifications—to replace Ginsburg because of “her well-known intellectual acumen and dedication to the goals of equal justice with fairness.”

“As the only African American first lady, Obama fostered one of the most welcoming and inclusive White House cultures in history and spoke out frequently on behalf of the rights of women and girls,” he explained.

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“Moreover, she brings insight as a Black woman of dark complexion who struggled to be confident in a society that values whiteness and lightness,” he also said, as the Daily Caller reports.

House concluded: “The Biden campaign must appreciate that proposing Michelle Obama for the Supreme Court would ignite enthusiasm in the Black community and among suburban women. Moreover, it would put pressure on vulnerable Republican senators who might be solicited to support yet another problematic Trump nominee to the Supreme Court.”


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