Biden Finally Responds To Question On Whether He Would Support Court Packing
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Democrat Joe Biden has drawn criticism for his evasiveness over whether if elected, he would be in favor of destroying the judiciary by packing the courts but his stance is now out in the open.
During Thursday night's town hall which replaced the second presidential debate, the former vice president delivered his answer in the form of an implied threat that America will know what he intends if Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed to the Supreme Court.
In responding to another softball lobbed to him by host and longtime Clinton family loyalist George Stephanopoulos, Joe declared that his stance would be contingent "on how much they rush this" regarding Barrett's confirmation.
The Senate Judiciary Committee stage of Barrett's grilling has taken place this week with a full vote to confirm set to occur sometime before the election which has been the stated position of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden says that voters “do have a right to know where I stand” on expanding the number of justices on the Supreme Court and that he will most likely let them know “before they vote” on Nov. 3.
His comments mark a reversal from just a week ago, when Biden told reporters that “you’ll know my position on court-packing the day after the election.”
Biden on Thursday explained that his position will depend on how the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett is handled by the Republican majority in the Senate. The former vice president's pledge, however, comes as millions of ballots have already been cast in the general election.
The former vice president once again described the question – which he has avoded directly answering for nearly a month - as a distraction to what he termed the main issue – the push by President Trump and Senate Republicans to quickly move before Election Day to confirm Barrett, a conservative federal appeals court judge nominated by Trump to succeed liberal-leaning Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Biden's refusals to respond to questions as well as his stunning comment that Americans do not "deserve" to know the answer on such an important matter before the election risked turning off the finicky fence-sitting swing voters who still haven't made up their mind.
But his response to Stephanopoulos is chilling and a message to Senate Republicans who for now are sticking together in order to fill the seat vacated by the death of liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg who passed away last month.
That message is that if they don't bend to demands to slow-walk the vote in order to delay until after an election that could drag on for months if Democrats get their way then radicalized Democrats will execute the nuclear option to destroy the independent judiciary with the approval of their Trojan horse Biden.
Some might suggest that such an implied threat is the equivalent of political terrorism.