Biden discriminates against straight white males in appointment of judges
Republican U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman on Thursday claimed it is "almost impossible" for straight white men to become federal judges as he derided the Biden administration's diversity and inclusion efforts in comments on the House floor.
Grothman in a 26-minute speech railed against President Joe Biden for recent remarks about racism in the United States and claimed affirmative action programs "are designed to be as divisive as possible." He eventually cited an unnamed study that reportedly detailed the administration's federal judicial nominees.
"Apparently, for his first two years, President Biden had appointed 97 federal judges," Grothman said Thursday. "Of the 97 federal judges, I was expecting maybe 25 or 30 were white guys because I know President Biden wasn’t heavy on appointing more white guys. Five of the 97 judges were white guys. Of those, two were gay.”
"So, almost impossible for a white guy who’s not gay, apparently, to get appointed here," he added.
Biden has made nominating diverse judges a priority. Of the judges appointed during Biden's first two years in office, 75% were women, 67% were people of color and 47% were women of color, according to an analysis by the 19th News.
Still, the federal bench is predominately white and men. An August 2022 report from the American Bar Association found that 70% of all sitting Article III judges — those appointed by a president — were male, and 78% were white.
Grothman's comments quickly circulated online Thursday evening and drew criticism from Democrats.
When I was in law school probably over 90 % of the students were white males. It was not because of exclusion, but because of interests of the students. Many of the minority students and women students struggle with the curriculum. I recall one event in a class where the professor called on a woman student and she said she was unprepared. A few minutes later she raised her hand to comment on a subject and the professor asked her "why do you want to talk if you are unprepared?" She responded "I was prepared but I just did not want to talk to you at the time." Obviously not all women were that way. I have known some very able women lawyers.