President Biden boasted that Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson was “brighter” than her colleagues on the high court during a graduation address to students at Howard University on Saturday.
“With your voices and votes, I was able to fulfill my commitment to put the first black woman on the Supreme Court of the United States of America. And by the way, she is brighter than the rest. She is one bright woman,” he said to applause from students at the historically black university. “Because of you. You turned up. You showed up when the votes counted.”
Biden nominated Jackson to the high court in February 2022 — fulfilling a controversial promise to only consider black women for the job. Her confirmation was marred by accusations that she treated child porn and “baby sex torture” cases too leniently.
Despite being the allegedly most intelligent Supreme Court justice, Jackson was famously unable to define the word “woman” when asked by Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) during Jackson’s confirmation hearing.
“I’m not a biologist,” she protested at the time.
Biden’s commencement remarks offered a glimpse of the looming 2024 presidential campaign — which polls indicate could offer the country a rematch of his 2020 fight with former President Trump.
The commander in chief regaled graduating students with his first-term accomplishments and implored them to stay active and politically engaged.
“We took the most significant law on gun violence in 30 years. I got the assault weapons ban passed 30 years ago, and we’re going to pass it again,” Biden said.
“I’m keeping my promise that no one should be in jail for using or possessing marijuana. Their records should be expunged,” he added to cheers.
The blue meat continued. Biden said his administration would fight “for transgender children to be free” and “for affordable health care and housing.”
He also warned about Republicans and the “sinister” forces holding back progress.
“Hate never goes away,” he declared. “It hides under the rocks, and when it’s given oxygen, it comes out from under that rock.”
“It is still a battle for a soul of a nation,” the president added, echoing his 2020 campaign theme. “Silence is complicity.”
The campaign accomplishments come as Biden tries to shore up support among black voters, who are critical to his reelection chances.
An ABC News / Washington Post poll this week found that Biden’s approval ratings with black people stood at just 52% — down from 82% at the time he took office. A full 27% of black voters said they would definitely or probably vote for Trump in 2024 — a significant potential improvement from the 12% of black voters he netted in 2020.
Trump went unnamed in Biden’s remarks, though he alluded to the then-president’s comments after the deadly neo-Nazi riots in Charlottesville in 2017, in which he said there were good people “on both sides.”
He also brought up the deadly Jan 6 Capitol riot after his election as president.
“A violent insurrection took place, a dagger at the throat of democracy. For the first time in our history an attempt to stop the peaceful transfer of power in this country. They failed. Democracy held. Hope prevailed,” Biden said.