Biden blasted as weak on court packing non-answer
Liberal journalists are piling on Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden for refusing to answer whether, if elected, he’d add to the number of U.S. Supreme Court Justices to shore up a rapidly declining liberal majority on the court.
The move, called “court packing,” which has no legal precedent, has been widely criticized in the past as dangerous.
When asked about his policy on court packing on Thursday while talking to reporters in Phoenix, Biden declined to answer the question.
“You’ll know my opinion of court-packing when the election’s over!” Biden exclaimed according to Fox News. “Now look, I know it’s a great question and I don’t blame you for asking, but you know the moment I answer, the headline in every one of your papers will be about that other than focusing on what’s happening now.”
Previously, Biden’s Democrat running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris also declined to comment on the court packing issue.
A series of tweets from the liberal media cognoscenti, laid out by Fox News, shows that even progressives think Biden’s answer is lame.
“This doesn’t make any sense,” said Jonathan Karl, ABC News Chief White House Correspondent and Trump critic.
“Can he really hold to this same answer for 26 days?” says the Washington Post Chief Fact-Checker, Glenn Kessler.
Critics on the right also think it’s a weak answer from Biden. But they are more worried about the constitutional issues, whereas most liberals just want Biden to tell them he’ll pack the court with liberal judges if elected.
“Joe Biden just declared ‘You’ll know my opinion on court packing when the election is over.’ So the Democratic presidential candidate is telling the voters that he will not tell them if he plans to destroy a core institution in our constitutional system…” says Jonathon Turley, a law professor and constitutional scholar at George Washington University.
The court packing issue has added urgency as the Democrats fear that President Trump will alter the balance of the court by getting recently-nominated Federal judge Amy Coney Barrett confirmed by the Senate for the Supreme Court vacancy created by the recent death of longtime liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It would mark the second Trump appointment in just four years to the nine-judge court.
Some liberals, however, think Biden won’t answer the question because his answer will make some of his more extreme supporters angry as he’s against the idea.
Indeed, not everyone on the left is sold on court packing, even if Barrett is confirmed.
“If Democrats want to take the radical step of court packing in pursuit of their revenge, a drawn-out, bloody battle surely lies ahead,” says Emma Green at the Atlantic.
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