CNN’s Jake Tapper pushed a top Biden staffer on why the Democratic nominee isn’t directly answering whether he supports adding justices to the Supreme Court.
In a Sunday interview with campaign spokeswoman Kate Bedingfield, Tapper played tapes of Joe Biden opposing the idea of court packing throughout his long political career in the Senate, then last year on the campaign trail.
Tapper particularly pressed on Biden’s recent comments, saying voters didn’t deserve to know his position on the idea, and that he would give his opinion on adding justices after the Nov. 3 election.
“It’s a simple question, and it’s one, frankly, that Trump did not invent,” Tapper said on his show, State of the Union. “It came from the progressives in the Democratic Party, and I thought it was odd when Vice President Biden said the other day in response to a reporter’s question that voters do not deserve an answer on this. Of course, voters deserve an answer on his position. On every issue.”
The issue of court packing comes ahead of a major political fight on the timeline of filling the vacant high court seat after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg last month.
The GOP-controlled Senate is set to move ahead this week with the confirmation hearing process for President Trump’s nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Democrats have criticized the push to confirm the nominee before Election Day, which could give Biden the opportunity to choose a nominee if he wins.
Tapper also pressed Bedingfield on a comment Biden made about Republicans’ push to confirm Barrett before November, referring to the move as “unconstitutional.”
Bedingfield defended the former vice president, saying he means that voters should be the ones to have a say in the process of adding a member to the Supreme Court, especially with a nominee who may strongly change the ideological makeup of the court.
“Trying to ram through a nominee who, by the way, is going to change the makeup of the court, and we see time and time again, poll after poll show most Americans vehemently disagree with this,” Bedingfield said.
Tapper disagreed with her defense, adding that her comments don’t define what is and what isn’t unconstitutional about the current process.
“That is not what the word constitutional means,” the host said. “Constitutional doesn’t mean ‘I like it or don’t like it.’ It means it’s according to the Constitution. There’s nothing unconstitutional about what the U.S. Senate is doing.”
Author: Mica Soellner
Source: Washington Examiner: ‘Voters deserve an answer’: Jake Tapper presses Biden staffer on why he won’t take a stance on court packing