Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is getting slammed for claiming Thursday the Supreme Court was made of “all white men” until 1981, erasing the first black justice, Thurgood Marshall.
The 71-year-old senator from New York later said he “misspoke” after he made the false statement while he was praising President Biden for pledging to nominate a black woman to the Supreme Court.
“Until 1981, this powerful body, the Supreme Court, was all White men. Imagine. America wasn’t all White men in 1981, or ever,” Schumer said. “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.”
Marshall, who was appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1967, didn’t retire until 1991 when he was replaced by Justice Clarence Thomas. Marshall died in 1993 at the age of 84.
Schumer apologized after trending on Twitter for his revisionist history remarks.
“Sorry that I misspoke earlier today,” he said. “Of course, I remember the dedication and legal excellence that Thurgood Marshall brought to the Supreme Court.”