October 12, 2020

Biden Says, "You’ll know my opinion on court packing when the election is over"

Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden
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When Joe Biden was pressured once again to state his opinion on "court-packing," this time by journalists rather than the president, Biden said, "You'll know my opinion on court-packing when the election is over."

Democrat legislators have suggested that if President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed to the Supreme Court, they will attempt to outnumber the court's conservative majority by appointing additional justices past the total of nine that the court has traditionally used for the last 150 years. This has been referred to by Republicans as "packing the court." In the first presidential debate, President Trump challenged Biden to tell voters whether he would pack the court, but the Democratic presidential candidate refused to answer.

“The moment I answer that question, the headline in every one of your papers will be about that rather than focusing on what’s happening now,” Biden said on Thursday, Oct. 8. The former vice-president went on to argue that the president's nominee shouldn't be confirmed because voting for the presidential election has already started.

The very next day, Biden was asked if the voters deserved to know Biden's plan for the Supreme Court if he was elected, to which he responded, "No, they don't deserve [to]. I'm not gonna play [President Trump's] game."

Biden has repeatedly stated that he will not give his stance on packing the court because that will become a huge topic of conversation heading into the election. He would rather have the media focused on what President Trump is doing now, which Biden believes will be more beneficial to his election prospects.

Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the pro-life organization Susan B. Anthony List, commented on Biden's refusal to say whether he would add justices to the Supreme Court.
“It is becoming more clear every single day that the reason Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will not answer the simple question on court packing is because the answer is ‘yes.’ It is the latest example of Joe Biden being completely beholden to the most extreme elements of the Democratic Party, the same radical activists he caved to when he endorsed taxpayer-funded abortion. It is time for Joe Biden to show transparency and admit he’s once again caved to the leftist pro-abortion extremists and will pack the Court if elected.” 

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