Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday, Nov. 18, and the presidential Democratic candidate Joe Biden is refusing to make known his list for a replacement for Ginsberg.
Both Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris are refusing to answer media questions on whether or not if they win the election, they will support the calls of many Democrats to repeal the filibuster, expand and then pack the Supreme Court.
When asked the question in Manitowoc on Monday, Biden refused to answer.
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In a one-on-one interview with reporter Brittany Schmidt in Manitowoc Wisconsin, on Sept. 21, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden had some interesting things to say.
Brittany Schmidt: “Would you consider adding more Supreme Court justices to the bench?”
Joe Biden: “It’s a legitimate question. But let me tell you why I’m not going to answer that question: Because it will shift all the focus. That’s what he wants. He never wants to talk about the issue at hand. He always tries to change the subject.”
It is looming to be a big election issue, as expanding and packing the Supreme Court would then roll onto similar actions in the lower federal courts including single-payer health care, gutting the Second Amendment, and sweeping immigration amnesty, statehood for the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, reported the National Review.
After the death of Ginsberg, Biden went on the record many times in opposition to court-packing.
In 1983, Joe Biden said that court packing was a “bonehead idea.” “Former vice president Joe Biden slammed the ‘bonehead idea’ of packing the Supreme Court during a 1983 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, saying the last attempt put into question the independence of the Court for a decade,” quoted Brent Scher, in his article titled, Biden Called Court Packing A ‘Bonehead Idea’ During 1983 Hearing, in The Washington Free Beacon, on March 20, 2019.
Biden stated on October 15, 2019, in a Washington Post article, Remarks at the Fourth Democratic Debate, in Columbus, Ohio, that he denounced the idea of court-packing, as it would “lose any credibility the court has at all.”
JOE BIDEN: “I would not get into court-packing. We had three justices. Next time around, we lose control, they add three justices. We begin to lose any credibility the court has at all.”
Biden stated during the 2020 primary that he was opposed to court-packing. In the Washington Post article titled, Where Democrats Stand he was quoted, “No, I’m not prepared to go on and try to pack the court, because we’ll live to rue that day,’ Biden told Iowa Starting Line in July. At the October debate, Biden said, ‘I would not get into court-packing. We add three justices; next time around, we lose control, they add three justices. We begin to lose any credibility the court has at all.”
Kamala Harris also recently ignored the question on court-packing, yet in May 2019 in Nashua, New Hampshire, said she is “open” to increasing the justices on the Supreme Court.
“So, I will say that I am interested in having that conversation, and I’m open to this conversation about extending the number of people in the United States Supreme Court, about increasing the number of people in United States Supreme Court. About applying term limits who serves on the Court. And also, an interesting idea that I’ve heard that is about, even perhaps limiting the number of nominees that any one President can make to the United States Supreme Court. Interesting ideas, but the bottom line is this we need a new President United States.”
Biden’s refusal to answer questions on the issue or produce his list of likely candidates to the Supreme Court, will only lead voters to wonder why the veil of secrecy. Perhaps Biden’s answers might be something voters do not want to hear, so better to keep everyone in the dark.