Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh made history over the weekend when he officially hired four female law clerks. It’s the first time in U.S. history that a sitting Supreme Court justice employed only female clerks.
But according to a CNN political commentator on Monday, Kavanaugh is only “pandering” with the move.
What did the commentator say?
CNN political analyst Joan Walsh, a renowned liberal who writes for The Nation magazine, accused Kavanaugh of “pandering” with the hires after CNN host Kate Bolduan characterized the move as an "outreach nod to women."
"I mean, the female clerks, I guess that's great,” Walsh said. "He talked about that before, it felt a little like pandering to me.
"I don't know that it's going to make women who are still upset about the treatment of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford feel any better. It did, it felt a lot like pandering to me,” she added.
The comments came during a panel discussion following Kavanaugh’s swearing in ceremony at the White House. The panel lambasted President Donald Trump’s tone at the event, while semi-praising Kavanaugh’s.
Is it really ‘pandering’?
Walsh accused Kavanaugh of pandering, but his record as a judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals rebuts the accusation.
In fact, as TheBlaze reported, during Kavanaugh’s 12 years on the D.C. Circuit bench, he hired mostly female law clerks, a decision Kavanaugh says was very intentional.
He told the Senate Judiciary Committee last month he chooses to hire female clerks in order to increase female representation in the federal court system.
“A majority of my 48 law clerks over the last 12 years have been women,” Kavanaugh told the committee. “In my time on the bench, no federal judge — not a single one in the country — has sent more women law clerks to clerk on the Supreme Court than I have."