As Senate Republicans push forward with a plan to hold confirmation hearings for President Donald Trump’s third Supreme Court nominee, some in the Democratic Party have begun calling for the expansion of the nation’s highest court if they regain control of the Senate and White House.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has notably dodged recent questions from reporters on the topic, as did his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), when she was asked about it last week, as reported by Breitbart.
“Very much in play”
CNN’s Jake Tapper brought up the possibility of so-called “court-packing” in an interview following the first presidential debate, directly questioning the campaign’s reluctance to provide a specific position.
Harris dismissed the issue as a distraction with Election Day drawing near.
“We are 35 days away from an election that is probably the most important election of our lifetime and our children’s lifetime,” she deflected. “There is nothing about these next 35 days that Joe or I will take for granted, and so the focus right now is on reminding people that we have this election that is very much in play.”
As the New York Post reported, the senator continued to avoid the question before eventually ending with yet another equivocation.
“So Joe has been really clear — let’s focus on what’s happening right now, deal with later, later,” Harris said. “Focus on what’s happening right now, which is the American people are voting.”
“Crisis of confidence”
Without denying her intent to support the addition of new Supreme Court seats, she said that voters “should be the ones to decide who will have the next lifetime appointment to the United States Supreme Court.”
While she similarly avoided a firm answer earlier in the week during an MSNBC interview, Fox News noted last month that Harris had expressed at least a willingness to consider court-packing when discussing the topic during the 2020 campaign.
As a presidential contender in the Democratic primary race, Harris described a perceived “crisis of confidence” on the high court, promising to “take the challenge head-on, and everything is on the table to do that,” as reported by Politico.
Pressed further in an interview with The New York Times, she said she was “absolutely open to” the possibility.
If it was not already clear, Harris’ comments on this controversial topic should be enough to convince many undecided voters that the Democratic Party intends to see a liberal majority on the Supreme Court at all costs.