POLITICO Falsely Claims Jackson Would Become First Black Supreme Court Justice

Politico came under fire Monday after the outlet published content alleging that Supreme Court nominee, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, would become the first black justice in the history of the Supreme Court. 

The false claim appeared in an article outlining Jackson’s “likely” confirmation process.

“Let’s walk you through how the confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson to become the first Black Supreme Court Justice is likely to unfold this week. To be clear: Democrats aren’t going to break until they get this done,” the article, which has since been corrected, read. 

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The false claim was repeated in a now-deleted tweet. 

“Ketanji Brown Jackson will likely be confirmed as the first black Supreme Court Justice by the end of this week,” the tweet read. 

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Former Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall was the first black judge to serve on the Supreme Court, and current Justice Clarence Thomas has served since 1991. 

As an attorney, Marshall rose to fame after successfully arguing the landmark cases of Smith v. AllwrightShelley v. Kraemer, and Brown v. Board of Education before the nation’s highest court. 

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FILE – Thurgood Marshall, first Black Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, is photographed on his first day in court wearing judicial robes Oct. 2, 1967. The first Black woman nominated to the Supreme Court is likely to face questioning at her confirmation hearing that would have been familiar to Marshall, the first Black man who served on the high court. (AP Photo/Bob Schutz, File)

He served on the court for over two decades. 

Congressional Republicans were among those quick to point out Politico’s blatant mistake. 

“Deleted Politico tweet… News to Justices Thomas & Marshall…” said Rep. Chip Roy, a Texas Republican, in a tweet.

Sen. Mike Lee, a Utah Republican, also called out the mistake before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Lee further noted that such a claim would shock the families of Marshall and Thomas, knocking the hypocrisy of leftist inclusivity. 

“When we hear, as we’ve heard today, calls for making sure we respect the need to show inclusiveness, let’s remember how members of this committee have treated others,” he said. “Let’s remember how they treated Justice Clarence Thomas.”

Reporting by The Washington Examiner.