Chuck Schumer Apologizes for Falsely Claiming Supreme Court Was All White Men Before 1981 Nomination of Sandra Day O’Connor

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer made a sizable error Thursday when he claimed that the Supreme Court was made up of all white men before 1981, when Ronald Reagan tapped Sandra Day O’Connor as the first woman to join the high bench.

Schumer (D-NY) had been giving remarks on the Senate floor defending President Biden’s stated intention to choose a black woman to replace the retiring Justice Stephen Breyer, calling it “historic.”

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“Until 1981, this powerful body, the Supreme Court, was all white men,” Schumer said. “Imagine. America wasn’t all white men in 1981, or ever.

“Under President Biden and this Senate majority, we’re taking historic steps to make the courts look more like the country they serve by confirming highly qualified, diverse nominees,” Schumer went on.

One problem: Schumer forgot about Thurgood Marshall, who argued several cases before the Supreme Court — winning the famous decision in Brown v. Board of Education — before noted Democratic President Lyndon Johnson nominated him to be the first black justice.

Marshall spent 24 years on the Supreme Court before retiring in 1991. He was replaced by Clarence Thomas, the second African American to become a Supreme Court justice.

Schumer later copped to his error, tweeting that he “misspoke.” By that time, however, dozens of social media users had emphatically reminded him of his mistake.

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SOURCE: New York Post, Callie Patteson

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