Following President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, Democratic nominee Joe Biden has consistently refused to answer whether he would seek to add seats to the nation’s highest court if he is elected. Biden’s running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), also dodged the court-packing question repeatedly during the vice presidential debate on Wednesday when pressed by Vice President Mike Pence.
Harris is unwilling to answer now — but the American people should know that she has already answered the question. While she was a candidate in the Democratic presidential primaries in 2019, Harris said she would “absolutely” be open to the idea of increasing the number of Supreme Court justices, Breitbart reported.
New York Times interview
Harris made the remark during an interview with The New York Times, according to Times reporter Alexander Burns.
“Senator Harris told me in an interview, actually, that she was absolutely open to [packing the Supreme Court],” Burns said on the Times’ podcast The Daily.
He continued, “But we’ve not heard her reiterate that recently so I think for them there is this balancing act of they don’t want to alienate moderate voters. They also don’t want to send a demoralizing signal to their own party.”
Voters “don’t deserve” to know
Biden and Harris’ lack of transparency on whether they would seek to transform an entire branch of the American government has been shocking. Biden, in fact, even had the audacity to tell reporters during a stop in Phoenix, Arizona, this week that “you’ll know my position on court-packing the day after the election.”
On Saturday, when pressed by a reporter that “voters deserve to know” his position on this significant issue, Biden replied, “No, they don’t deserve” to know.
Biden has argued that answering this question would cause the issue to denominate the rest of his platform. That, of course, would only be true if the answer was, “yes,” that he would back packing the court.
Harris’ refusal to address court packing during the vice presidential debate led to some of the most memorable moments of the night. After Harris refused to answer and tried to shift the conversation to the absence of black judges nominated by Trump, Pence shot back, “I just want the record to reflect she never answered the question.”
It is now out in the open that Harris has supported court packing in the past, and, until she renounces that position, it is fair to assume she continues to hold it.
This fact further serves to highlight Harris’ far-left record and policy positions even among other Democrats.
In fact, as Breitbart reported, “several former Democrat presidential candidates who participated in the wide-ranging Times interview — including Marianne Williamson, former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) — did not appear to be as open to the idea as Harris.”