Friday on CNN, Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer denied he voted against Trump administration judicial nominee Marvin Quattlebaum because he’s white, then clarified that he voted against him because he “is white” and “we need the bench to have real diversity.”
From the Free Beacon:
Schumer blamed “right-wing radio” for “distorting his words,” and he explained his comments about Quattlebaum, who the Senate confirmed to the U.S. District Court in South Carolina by a vote of 69-29.
“What I said is this: that Barack Obama had nominated, I think as early as 2013, two people for this seat, and our Republican senators from South Carolina blocked them with the withholding of the blue slip, which has been a tradition,” Schumer said, referring to South Carolina Sens. Tim Scott (R.) and Lindsey Graham (R.) opposing the confirmation of Alison Lee and Don Beatty in 2013.
“So this seat has been vacant for a long time, the two people nominated were African-Americans, and I said, ‘Now this fellow is white, and we need the bench to have real diversity,'” Schumer told CNN host Wolf Blitzer.
“The president’s record in nominating people of color, even nominating women to the bench–I think the bench should look like America, and I think most Americans agree with that,” Schumer added. “And the fact they held up two people for so long and now wanted to get their fellow to come in made no sense, and compounding the injury was the lack of diversity on the bench.”
See, he didn’t vote against him because he’s white, he voted against him because he’s white!
There’s a big difference there, folks!
Right-wing talk radio debunked once again!