The “court-packing” argument has picked up steam in recent weeks. Democrats accuse President Trump of “court-packing” with Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination, for example.
But Republicans come right back and accuse Democrats of attempting to do the same thing. That’s why many wonder what presidential hopeful Joe Biden’s stance is on the matter.
Well, he may have made a PR mistake over the weekend.
Biden told a reporter in Las Vegas that people asking him about his court-packing intentions were “probably Republicans.” Then he added a statement he might’ve regretted:
He said voters don’t “deserve” to know his opinion on the issue before the November election.
Unsurprisingly, this ruffled a lot of feathers, including White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany.
McEnany, who is currently in self-quarantine recovering from the coronavirus, went on “Fox & Friends” to respond to Biden’s comments:
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany took aim Monday at Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, calling him ‘elitist’ and suggesting that those on the radical left were his ‘puppeteers.’
And as for the “voters don’t deserve to know” remark, McEnany replied:
‘Yes, voters deserve to know if he will reshape the judiciary, eliminate the filibuster which would reshape the legislature, voters deserve to know, and that was a really elitist remark from Joe Biden.’
The other problem Biden faces is history.
An old 1983 clip of Biden condemning court-packing has been circulating in the media — at the time, Biden called President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s attempt to pack the court a “bonehead idea.’
To this, Fox co-host Ainsley Earhardt said: “He answered the question in ‘83. Why isn’t he answering it now in 2020?”
McEnany quickly replied:
Because the answer is he would do the exact opposite of what he said back before AOC plus three and the radical left became his puppeteers.
He would reshape the judiciary. That’s why he can’t say it out loud.
She added that court-packing would “fundamentally reshape the public.” But in fact, this is precisely what Kamala Harris, “the most radical senator” and Biden want to do.
Often, Biden doesn’t say exactly what he means. It’s feasible that he wasn’t saying voters “don’t deserve to know” his stance on certain issues, but that’s certainly how it came across.
But will it have a negative impact on his campaign? Only time will tell.
- Joe Biden told a reporter that voters didn’t “deserve” to know his stance on court-packing before the election.
- White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany fired back, calling Biden’s statement an “elitist remark.”
- She further added that voters do deserve to know, and that Biden and Harris do in fact want to pack the court. And in turn, potentially reshape the country.
Source: The Daily Caller