Former Republican National Committee (RNC) chair Michael Steele recently shared a critical reaction to Fox News’ Tucker Carlson’s latest racist, on-air rant.
During his Monday evening segment of “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” the far-right conservative host took aim at President Joe Biden as he criticized his selection of judges and diversity within the courts.
“Out of 97 federal judges confirmed under Joe Biden, total number of white men: Five,” Carlson complained on Monday evening. “Twenty-two are Black women, so this is race-based hiring. It’s illegal!”
Carlson complained despite the court having a history of being comprised of predominantly white males. Per HuffPost: “The federal judiciary is overwhelmingly white and male. The American Bar Association said last year that 70 percent of all sitting Article III federal judges are male while 78 percent are white. In addition, the organization said 16 states have no federal trial judges of color at all.”
Shortly after the segment aired, Steele took to Twitter with statistics about the demographic makeup of the court and its judges.
“Tuckems, of 226 federal judges appointed by Trump the total number of Black people? 9!! (he says in that high-pitched voice of someone awaiting puberty),” Steele tweeted. “I guess those white judges were raced-based, illegal hiring that was not about looking like America but punishing people.”
Echoing Steele’s remarks, others also pushed back against Carlson’s assessment with facts about the court and mocked the Fox News host for his complaints.
“Currently sitting federal judges: 1,407 White men: 779 (55.4%) Black women: 63 (4.5%),” legal expert Max Kennerly tweeted.
Another user tweeted, “It’s the President’s prerogative to appoint whatever judge he or she wants on the bench, Tuck. I mean, Trump pretty much appointed unqualified white wingers.”
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