As Democrat presidential hopeful Joe Biden tries to avoid addressing the court-packing issue, he’s getting a lot of pushback — and even CNN is not letting him off the hook.
In a combative interview, CNN’s Jake Tapper was left clearly unconvinced after Biden’s deputy campaign manager skirted the question of whether the former vice president would make the Supreme Court bench larger, Fox News reported Sunday.
Bedingfield sticks to talking points
Biden has repeatedly refused to say whether he would pack the court, and his attempts to avoid the question have grown more absurd, with the former VP flatly declaring on Friday that voters are not entitled to know where he stands on the issue, Fox noted.
In an interview Sunday, Tapper challenged Biden deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield to clear up the matter — but according to Breitbart, she stuck to the non-answers that Biden has repeatedly given.
Tapper started out by pressing Bedingfield to explain what makes it unconstitutional for Republicans to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, as Biden erroneously claimed this weekend. But Bedingfield struggled to give an answer, repeatedly pointing out that voters are against confirming a justice before Election Day.
“Millions of people have already cast their votes,” she said, according to Fox News. “And you see that the vast majority of people say that they want the person who wins the election on Nov. 3 to nominate the justice.”
Tapper retorted: “That’s a poll. That’s not the Constitution.”
Even CNN isn’t buying it
As Tapper turned to whether Biden would pack the court, Bedingfield went with Biden’s standard talking point: a yes-or-no response would be a “distraction” from the more important issue of Republicans pushing to confirm Barrett.
“This is a distraction they want to throw out as a hypothetical…to distract from the fact they are trying to ram through a nominee who, as I said, is going to change the makeup of the court against the will of the American people,” she said, according to a transcript from Breitbart.
An incredulous Tapper pointed out that it’s a “simple question” and that it was progressives, not President Donald Trump, who have made court-packing an issue. “He has long been against adding justices to the court. Has he changed his mind, or does he have the same position he’s had since at least 1983?” Tapper asked.
Still, Bedingfield refused to budge, even asserting that Biden has already answered the question “15 times” since last week, as Fox News reported.
“The answer is: I am not going to play Donald Trump’s game,” she concluded. But it seems like even CNN isn’t buying what she’s selling.