‘It’s a bonehead idea’: Biden wasn’t so silent on packing the Supreme Court in the past

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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden may refuse to state where he stands on packing the Supreme Court should he beat President Donald Trump next month, but that wasn’t always the case.

Turns out, the 77-year-old candidate addressed the issue rather forcefully back in 1983, calling it a “bonehead idea” that would put in question the independence of the Supreme Court.

 

Then a U.S. senator from Delaware, Biden denounced the idea of expanding the high court as part of his argument against President Ronald Reagan attempting to replace three members of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Fox News reported.

While the move was within Reagan’s right, Biden argued that it would discredit the commission and compared it to President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s failed attempt in 1937 to expand the Supreme Court by six justices.

“President Roosevelt clearly had the right to send to the United States Senate and the United States Congress a proposal to pack the court. It was totally within his right to do that. He violated no law. He was legalistically, absolutely correct,” he said at the time. “But it was a bonehead idea. It was a terrible, terrible mistake to make. And it put in question, if for an entire decade, the independence of the most-significant body … in this country, the Supreme Court of the United States of America.”

Surprisingly, some in the media continue to press Biden on answering whether he will attempt to expand the number of justices beyond the current nine, and he audaciously responds to declare that the country will “know my position on court-packing when the election is over.”

Biden further disrespected voters over the weekend when a local reporter asked if they “deserve to know” where he stands on the matter.

“No, they don’t,” the Democrat responded, claiming the question of packing the court was a distraction by Republicans, as they move to appoint Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

The left has taken to employing another dishonest tactic to avoid the issue, perverting the term “court packing.”

Former CBS anchor Dan Rather, who has gone all in on his left-wing politics, did his part by claiming Republicans have been packing the courts for decades by appointing justices that favor their political ideology.

Conservative columnist Jonah Goldberg, founding editor of National Review Online, was quick to push back against the “propaganda.”

“It is stunning how fast this propaganda is spreading,” Goldberg tweeted in response to Rather. “That’s simply not what court-packing means. Filling existing vacancies — even with ample bad faith, cynicism, skullduggery whatever — is not “court packing.” It’s amazing to watch people who know this say otherwise.”

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