Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden exploded after a reporter asked him on Friday whether “voters deserve to know” whether he plans to pack the Supreme Court if elected.
“No, they don’t,” Biden fired back, before switching the focus to President Donald Trump.
That’s not going to sit well with voters
Both Biden and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), have been actively avoiding the important question of court-packing, that is, whether he would look to expand the number of justices on the Supreme Court so as to pack it with liberals. Biden has come up with various ways to avoid answering this question, but, in a recent interview, he appears to have just snapped.
The interviewer, KTNV reporter Ross DiMattei, began: “Sir, I gotta ask you about packing the courts, and I know you said yesterday you aren’t going to answer the question until after the election, but this is the number one thing that I’ve been asked about from viewers in the past couple of days.”
Biden responded: “Well you’ve been asked by the viewers who are probably Republicans who don’t want me continuing to talk about what they’re doing to the court right now.”
“Well, sir, don’t the voters deserve to know?” DiMattei said.
“No, they don’t,” Biden replied. “I’m not gonna play his game, he’d love me to talk about, and I’ve already said something on court-packing, he’d love that to be the discussion instead of what he’s doing now.” Watch:
Biden is asked if voters deserve to know if he will pack the Supreme Court.
Biden: No. pic.twitter.com/5xsujoDudS
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The antecedent of “he” is more than likely President Donald Trump. But, it is less clear to what Biden is referring when he says that he “already said something on court-packing.”
He could be referring to a statement he made last year, when he said, “No, I’m not prepared to go on and try to pack the court, because we’ll live to rue that day.” But, that’s something for Biden, himself, to clarify.
A bitter Biden
That voters “don’t deserve” to know is the second controversial response Biden has given to the court-packing question over the past few days. On Thursday, Biden again stunned voters by saying, “You’ll know my position on court-packing the day after the election.”
It’s not exactly clear how a presidential candidate can be allowed to get away with such answers to this important question. This is probably one of those times, though, when it is safe to conclude from Biden’s silence that he does support court-packing. After all, there seems to be no downside to Biden simply saying, “no.”