Kristen Clarke, President Biden’s nominee for the head of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, sat down for her Senate confirmation hearing before the Judiciary Committee today. If confirmed she will be the first Black woman to lead the division, a development which should be cause for celebration but also reflection on how we allowed such a thing to take so long.
As is the case with every Biden nominee, the Republicans view her hearing not as an opportunity to explore her credentials and qualifications for the important position, but as a chance to attack and smear a surrogate of the president. Given the current national discourse around the treatment of people of color at the hands of the police, this nomination could not be any more important but the GOP would rather play politics than tackle the problems facing this country.
Cotton explodes at Dick Durbin after Durbin asks him to allow Clarke to finish her responses pic.twitter.com/Da0PduNtN9
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 14, 2021
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