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Biden becomes leftist target for decades-old Justice Scalia nomination as Bernie campaign fizzles

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Joe Biden is effectively on his way to becoming the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee and that has rankled some on the left who are selectively digging into his past.

The former vice president was suddenly in the center of a heated social media debate as his decades-old vote to confirm Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia resurfaced as an argument against his nomination.

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As Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders ended his presidential campaign on Wednesday and cleared the way for Biden’s inevitable nomination, his progressive supporters became the prize in a Democratic and Republican tug-of-war. But many on the left declared they could not shift their allegiance and just vote for Biden in November, or back President Trump’s reelection, setting off a battle that apparently soon turned into trending hashtags such as #NeverBiden and #DemExit.

Other trends that soon began to surface on social media, including #ClarenceThomas and #Scalia, unleashed a torrent of attacks against Biden’s support of Scalia back in 1986 and concerns about who he would nominate for the High Court if he is elected.

The full Senate debated the nomination of Scalia in 1986 and he was quickly confirmed, with a unanimous vote of 98–0.

Scalia, who died in 2016, was considered a conservative, consistently voting in favor of free speech and a strong opponent of abortion and affirmative action. He was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2018 by President Trump.

The connection between Biden and Scalia, and then-Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who faced allegations of sexual misconduct by Anita Hill, also began to appear in tweets condemning the Democrat who was a Delaware senator at the time.

Biden, who was Senate Judiciary chair when Hill testified against Thomas, was criticized for decades for his handling of the hearings. Last year as he stepped into the 2020 race, he addressed the controversial piece of his history, though he also said he didn’t think he “treated her badly.”

“As the committee chairman, I take responsibility that she did not get treated well. I take responsibility for that,” Biden said in an interview with “Good Morning America.”

Biden’s campaign also noted last year that he reached out to Hill to express “regret” over his past actions.

Many Twitter users pointed to the likelihood that the man elected in November will go on to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the court.

The left’s double standards and hypocrisy were mocked by observant Twitter users.

Frieda Powers

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