Republicans running for president applauded Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling to strike down affirmative action based on race in college admissions, a policy that has fueled the conservative agenda for decades.
Former President Donald J. Trump called the decision a « great day for America » in a statement.
“People with extraordinary ability and everything needed for success, including future greatness for our country, are finally being rewarded,” he said, adding: “We will go back to everything based on merit – and that’s the way it should be! «
Mr. Trump’s political organization, the MAGA War Room, singled him out as the primary catalyst for the court’s ruling to end affirmative action, saying on Twitter that it « has delivered on its promise to appoint constitutional judges. »
He also drew a whimsical comparison between Trump, the Republican leader who has been indicted twice since leaving the White House, and Abraham Lincoln, one of the party’s iconic forefathers.
“President Trump will end affirmative action like Lincoln ended slavery,” the group wrote Chirping.
Mr. Trump has named three of six justices who voted to dismiss affirmative action in colleges, the same conservative majority that delivered another seismic victory for conservatives a year ago when it overturned Roe v. Wade, eliminating the constitutional right to abortion.
Mike Pence, Trump’s former vice president who is now a 2024 rival, suggested in a statement Thursday that he deserves some credit for the court’s rightward shift and said the « egregious » policy had « only served to perpetuate racism.”
« I am honored to have played a role in the appointment of three of the judges who secured today’s welcomed decision, and as president I will continue to appoint judges who will strictly enforce the law rather than twist it to serve smart, progressive ends, » he said. . .
Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida, Trump’s main GOP rival, also welcomed the court’s move.
« College admissions should be based on merit and applicants should not be judged on their race or ethnicity, » he wrote on Chirping. « The Supreme Court correctly upheld the Constitution and ended discrimination by colleges and universities. »
Nikki Haley, the former governor of South Carolina and a former UN ambassador under Trump, said in a statement that the court’s ruling reaffirmed how much Americans value freedom and opportunity.
« Picking winners and losers based on race is fundamentally wrong, » Ms. Haley said. « This decision will help every student, regardless of her background, have a better opportunity to achieve the American dream. »
Vivek Ramaswamy, a multi-millionaire Harvard College graduate entrepreneur who is a defendant in the Supreme Court case, pledged to take further steps to end the affirmative action. In a statement, he said he would repeal a decades-old presidential executive order requiring federal contractors to adopt hiring preferences based on race.
« I’m glad the US Supreme Court has finally brought to an end one of the worst failed experiments in American history: affirmative action, » he said. « However, the ruling is likely to usher in a new era of racial balances and ‘shadow’ quotas, in which elite universities like Harvard and savvy employers gamble to satisfy their preference wishes for the benefit of groups perceived as ‘marginalized' ».