More proof emerges of Biden’s flip-flopping on SCOTUS vacancies
One could get dizzy watching Joe Biden spin his past. So many of his previous positions are diametrically opposed to his current stances. The Hyde Amendment, the 1994 crime bill he authored, fracking … His reversals come at us hard and fast.
The Democratic nominee’s thinking on U.S. Supreme Court vacancies can be added to the list.
Last week, after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died, the former vice president said President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans would be wrong to pursue replacing her so close to the Nov. 3 election.
“Let me be clear, the voters should pick the president and the president should pick the justice for the Senate to consider,” Biden said. “This was the position the Republican Senate took in 2016 when there were almost 10 months to go before the election. That’s the position the United States Senate must take today.”
American Wire recently pointed out Biden’s hypocrisy by reporting on a speech he gave at Georgetown University in 2016. In those comments, Biden chastised the Republican-led Senate for standing down on Judge Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama’s nominee to succeed Justice Antonin Scalia, who died earlier that year.
Now, more evidence of Biden’s two-faced approach on this issue has surfaced, thanks to CNSNews.com.
The outlet reported on Monday that Biden cut a video at the White House in July 2016 to pressure Republicans to act on Garland. Appearing with Biden was retired federal Judge Tim Lewis, whom President George H.W. Bush had nominated to a seat on the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in September 1992. The Senate confirmed Lewis in three weeks.
In the video, Biden points out that he spent 17 years as chairman or ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and in that time, “I presided over nine total nominations — more than anyone alive. Some I supported. Others I didn’t. But every nominee was greeted by committee members. Every nominee got a committee hearing. Every nominee got out of the committee to the Senate floor, even when a nominee did not receive majority support in my committee.”
He then adds, “And every nominee, including Justice (Anthony) Kennedy — in an election year — got an up or down vote by the Senate. Not much of the time. Not most of the time. Every single time. That’s the Constitution’s clear rule of Advice and Consent. And that’s the rule being violated today by Senate Republicans.”
Continuing, Biden says, “Nobody is suggesting that senators have to vote ‘yes’ on a nominee. Voting ‘no’ is always an option. But saying nothing, seeing nothing, reading nothing, hearing nothing, and deciding in advance simply to turn your backs is not an option the Constitution leaves open.”
He wraps up by arguing, “Folks, there’s enough dysfunction in Washington, D.C. Now is not the time for it to spread to the Supreme Court. … The defining difference of our great democracy has always been that we can reason our way through to what ails us and then act as citizens, voters, and public servants to fix it. But we have to act in good faith. For unless we find common ground, we cannot govern. For the sake of the country we love — we all have to do our job. The President has done his. Senate Republicans must do theirs.”
Today, all of us should agree that Biden was right — in 2016. President Donald Trump should do his job and offer up a nominee, and the Senate should confirm him or her as soon as possible.
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