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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said Americans will finally find out his position on “court-packing” after they have cast their votes in November.
The former vice president again dodged the question about the composition of the U.S. Supreme Court and whether or not he is in favor of adding more justices with the goal of obtaining more favorable rulings. The simple question has not received a direct answer from Biden or his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris and on Thursday, he gave an even more troubling response.
After campaigning with Harris in the battleground state of Arizona, Biden was asked about the fringe issue of “court-packing” by reporters on Thursday.
“You’ll know my opinion on court-packing when the election is over,” the Democrat nominee replied through his face mask at the airport hangar in Phoenix.
“I know it’s a great question and I don’t blame you for asking it, but you know the moment I answer that question, the headline in every one of your papers will be about that, other than focusing on what’s happening now,” he added.
The former vice president seemed to pivot again on the topic, turning his comments into a criticism of President Donald Trump and the nomination of Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Amy Coney Barrett. She will face the confirmation process later this month, just days before the election, as Republicans look to fill the seat vacated by liberal Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died last month.
“The election has begun. There has never been a court appointment once an election has begun. Four million or so people have already voted. They’re denying the American people the one shot they have under constitutional law to be able to have their input,” Biden said.
“I will be happy to lay out in detail what I’m going to do after that, if I’m the president. If I’m not the president, he gets to pick it,” he added, referring to Trump.
JOE BIDEN: “You’ll know my position on court-packing the day after election.”
Voters deserve a clear answer, though we basically already have one.
Joe Biden WILL pack the Supreme Court!
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) October 8, 2020
For Biden to say that “you’ll know my position on court-packing the day after the election” is absolutely unacceptable. The American people deserve to know where he stands. https://t.co/sQRomRgnW2
— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) October 8, 2020
Despite promises back in July that he would reveal his potential Supreme Court picks, Biden has avoided following through on that as well as he continues to seek the highest office in the land.
In her debate with Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday, Harris also ducked the “court-packing” question when confronted though she had previously told the New York Times that she was “absolutely open to” packing the high court.
Pence holds rambling Kamala’s feet to the fire on court-packing, before moderator gives her a pass https://t.co/vsnUI3LGIu
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) October 8, 2020
“The American people would really like to know,” Pence said. “If Judge Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed to the Supreme Court of the United States, are you and Joe Biden — if you somehow win this election — going to pack the Supreme Court to get your way?”
“I’m so glad we went through that history lesson,” Harris replied. “Let’s do that a little more. In 1864…”
“I’d like you to answer the question,” Pence pressed and then criticized her for a “non-answer” after she continued to evade the direct issue.
During the first presidential debate, Biden told Trump to “shut up” after he was pressed about adding justices to the Supreme Court.
“Whatever position I take on that, that’ll become the issue. The issue is the American people should speak. You should go out and vote. You’re in voting, now vote and let your senators know how strongly you feel. But vote now,” Biden told moderator Chris Wallace.
“Are you going to pack the court? Are you going to pack the court? He doesn’t want to answer,” the president said.
“I’m not going to answer the question, because the question is, the question is, the question is —” Biden continued before snapping, “Will you shut up, man?”
The Trump campaign’s Jake Schneider tweeted a video compilation of the Democratic nominees avoiding the court question.
Here’s every single time Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have refused to answer whether or not they’d pack the U.S. Supreme Court with far-left activist judges pic.twitter.com/XlLLCcOuIz
— Jake Schneider (@jacobkschneider) October 8, 2020
The Biden campaign’s communications director claimed that the “court-packing” subject is a Republican “distraction” from “winning this election.”
“They want to try to have a divisive conversation that assumes that we’re not going to rally people, for example, to prevent the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett from going through,” Bedingfield told CNN host John Berman on Wednesday. “He’s not going to make an argument that assumes that the will of the people is not going to be heard.”
But voters contend they have a right to know and social media users slammed Biden for his response on Thursday, with many noting that his words had a familiar ring to them.
Joe Biden’s offensive and unacceptable “You’ll know my position on court-packing the day after election” reveals Biden‘s understanding that the media has not and will not hold him accountable for anything.
— Sarah Huckabee Sanders (@SarahHuckabee) October 8, 2020
You have to elect me see what I’m gonna do.
— The Obdurate One (@grtgoog1ymoog1y) October 8, 2020
Brought to you by the same party that said, “We have to pass this bill to find out what’s in it.”
— I’m Jim Acosta’s Love Child (@JimAcostaJr) October 8, 2020
— Trevor (@aerosmith67) October 8, 2020
From the you’ll-have-to-pass-it-to-see-what’s-in-it party
— ThoseWhoKnow (@jripley1960) October 8, 2020
In other words, I’m going to evade the question because I will definitely be planning on packing the courts.
— Lisa (@weenerdog26) October 8, 2020
Joe Biden will pack the Supreme Court with Radical-Left, activist judges.
He has no respect for American institutions.
Pass it on!
— Team Trump (Text VOTE to 88022) (@TeamTrump) October 8, 2020
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