Pence holds rambling Kamala’s feet to the fire on court-packing, before moderator gives her a pass

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Was she debating or playing dodgeball again?

Democrat vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris repeatedly refused during the 2020 vice presidential debate Wednesday night to answer once and for all whether she and Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden intend to pack the Supreme Court.

Incumbent Vice President Mike Pence tried pressing her about the topic twice — for some inexplicable reason, the debate moderator never once brought it up — but in both instances, Harris conspicuously sidestepped the question.

“Are you and Joe Biden going to pack the court if Judge Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed? … [Y]our party is actually openly advocating adding seats to the Supreme court, which has had nine seats for 150 years, if you don’t get your way,” Pence said the first time.

“[Y]ou’ve refused to answer the question. Joe Biden has refused to answer the question. So I think the American people would really like to know, if Judge Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed at the Supreme Court of the United States, are you and Joe Biden, if somehow you win this election, going to pack the Supreme Court to get your way?”

In response, Harris cattily provided a faux “history lesson” in which she claimed that then-President Abraham Lincoln had allegedly chosen in 1864 to not appoint or confirm a SCOTUS replacement for the then-late Justice Roger B. Taney.

Watch the full back-and-forth exchange below:

“Honest Abe said, ‘It’s not the right thing to do. The American people deserve to make the decision about who will be the next president of the United States. And then that person can select who will serve for a lifetime on the highest court of our land,'” Harris claimed.

“And so Joe and I are very clear: the American people are voting right now, and it should be their decision about who will serve on this most important body for a lifetime.”

Fact-check: FALSE.

“Lincoln, of course, said no such thing. He sent no nominee to the Senate in October 1864 because the Senate was out of session until December. He sent a nominee the day after the session began, and Salmon P. Chase was confirmed the same day,” National Review notes.

“And Lincoln wanted to dangle the nomination before Chase and several other potential candidates because he wanted them to campaign for him. Lincoln’s priority was winning the election, which was necessary to win the war — and he filled the vacancy at the first possible instant.”

After Harris’s faux history lesson, Pence tried pressing her again, but to no avail, as the senator then took to smearing America’s judges and lecturing the VP about race.

“Let’s talk about packing the court then,” she said, before going on to talk about anything else other than the actual packing of the high court.

“So the Trump-Pence administration has been, because I sit on the Senate judiciary committee … and I’ve witnessed the appointments for lifetime appointments to the federal courts, district courts, courts of appeal, people who are purely ideological, people who have been reviewed by legal professional organizations and found who have been not competent are substandard,” she claimed.

“And do you know that of the 50 people who President Trump appointed to the court of appeals for lifetime appointments, not one is black? This is what they’ve been doing. You want to talk about packing a court? Let’s have that discussion.”

Her answer surprised conservative commentator Ben Shapiro and Sen. Marco Rubio because the notion of court-packing has nothing to do with either race or with filling judicial vacancies …

Look:

But more stunning than her answer was debate moderator Susan Page’s glaring lack of interest in pressing the issue for herself. Instead, she just moved on.

As of the next morning, the issue was being completely ignored by some in the media, including famed news aggregator Matt Drudge.

Instead, he was focused on what he appeared to think were more important matters:

(Source: Drudge Report)

According to TheRighting, traffic to the Drudge Report has declined by as much as 42 percent in the past year.

Vivek Saxena

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V. Saxena is a staff writer for BizPac Review with a decade of experience as a professional writer, and a lifetime of experience as an avid news junkie. He holds a degree in computer technology from Purdue University.
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