Biden won’t answer Supreme Court-packing question, telling Trump ‘shut up, man’
In one of the testiest exchanges from the first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden in Cleveland, Biden refused to answer whether he will try to add additional judges to the U.S. Supreme Court to create a liberal majority if elected president; instead, asking President Trump rhetorically, “Will you shut up, man?” as the president insisted on an answer.
The death of long-time liberal Ruth Bader Ginsburg has seen Democrats panicked over the possibility that the liberal hegemony that has dominated the court for decades is in jeopardy if the U.S. Senate confirms Trump nominee Amy Coney Barrett to the vacancy.
As a result, the question of adding more judges to “pack the court” with liberals has become common.
“Biden declined to tell debate moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News whether he would support adding justices to the court if Trump’s conservative pick, Amy Coney Barrett, is confirmed to replace liberal icon, Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” says the New York Post.
“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 said.
Trump interjected: “Are you going to pack the court? Are you going to pack the court? He doesn’t want to answer.”
“I’m not going to answer the question, because the question is, the question is, the question is —” Biden said, as Trump continued to press him to answer.
“Will you shut up, man?” the former vice president concluded.
The question of “court-packing” has long made people testy.
In 1937, President Franklin Roosevelt formally put forward a plan to pack the U.S Supreme Court after the court found many parts of his New Deal program unconstitutional.
“As a result, the plan was widely and vehemently criticized. The law was never enacted by Congress, and Roosevelt lost a great deal of political support for having proposed it,” says the Federal Judicial Center website.
Previously, Biden has said that “we’ll live to rue that day” that a President of the United States packs the Supreme Court, but with many of the most liberal Democrats advocating for more Supreme Court Justices if the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett is approved by the Senate, Biden might be reluctant to say what he’ll do.
Biden VP pick, Kamala Harris, is also being coy about the court packing plan.
“Kamala Harris for the second time tonight refuses to directly answer a question about court-packing. She did not close the door on it, noting they can deal with it ‘later,’ noted one Twitter user. “Tapper notes at the end that Harris dodged again.”
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