House Minority Leader Chuck Schumer flat-out denied he voted against a judicial nominee because of his skin color Friday, saying the allegations he rejected the candidate because “he was white” was a “right-wing” distortion of the truth.
Schumer was speaking with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer when the anchor pressed the Senator over the recent scandal, saying “You were one of the 29 who voted against him. Apparently because he’s white. I want you to explain what you meant by that because it sounded unusual to put it mildly.”
“That was right-wing radio who never really tells the truth distorting what I had said. What I said was this: Barack Obama had nominated two people for this seat and our Republican Senators from South Carolina blocked them,” Chuck fired-back.
“The two people nominated were African-Americans and I said this new fellow is white, and we need the bench to have real diversity […] I think the bench should look like America. Most Americans agree with that,” he added, apparently confirming he did -in fact- vote down the nominee because of his skin color.
Watch Schumer’s bizarre defense above.