A bevy of conservative groups are lambasting former Vice President Joe Biden for being unwilling to discuss his position on packing the Supreme Court should he win this November and Democrats take control of the Senate.
The former vice president, who has urged Republicans not to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court seat vacated by the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg, was asked during the first general election debate if he supported calls by members of his party to pack the court or scrap the filibuster.
“Whatever position I take on that that will become the issue. The issue is the American people should speak. You should go out and vote. You’re in voting now. Vote and let your senators know how strongly you feel,” the Democrat nominee said.
Biden’s refusal to be transparent drew rebuke from conservative activists and center-right organizations on Wednesday. Jenny Beth Martin, the founder of Tea Party Patriots, echoed much of the sentiment emanating from the right.
“In last night’s debate, Joe Biden refused to say he would oppose packing with the Supreme Court with more liberal justices,” Martin wrote on social media. “That’s an idea so bad that when FDR tried it in 1937, he couldn’t get it done — even though Dems outnumbered GOPers in the Senate by 76-16.”
In last night’s debate, Joe Biden refused to say he would oppose packing with the Supreme Court with more liberal justices. That’s an idea so bad that when FDR tried it in 1937, he couldn’t get it done — even though Dems outnumbered GOPers in the Senate by 76-16.
— Jenny Beth Martin (@jennybethm) September 30, 2020
Others on the right were just as pointed in their comments.
THREAD 1 – Joe Biden refused to answer whether or not he would “pack the court” and fill it with liberal extremists.
His lack of response should worry every American—there’s obviously something he doesn’t want to tell us.
— Heritage Action (@Heritage_Action) September 30, 2020
Joe Biden continues to dodge, weave, and refuse to commit that he will not pack the Supreme Court, as the the leftist extremists in his party are demanding. /1
— Carrie Severino (@JCNSeverino) September 30, 2020
As last night proved, @JoeBiden is so beholden to the Radical Left that he can’t even answer whether he would pack the Supreme Court if elected. Biden is no moderate. #PresidentialDebate #SayNoToJoehttps://t.co/x7tlXl13kb
— Club for Growth (@club4growth) September 30, 2020
In recent weeks, Democrats have begun mobilizing to keep President Donald Trump from filling Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court. The move, in part, is strategic, as many fear that a Trump appointee will cement a 6-to-3 conservative majority on the nation’s highest court for the foreseeable future.
To prevent such an outcome, Democrats are attempting to obstruct the congressional confirmation process until January, in hopes that Biden will win the upcoming election and be able to propose his own candidate. As part of the effort, Senate Democrats are threatening to pack the court if Republicans move forward with Barrett’s nomination.
“If Sen. McConnell and [the] Senate GOP were to force through a nominee during the lame-duck session—before a new Senate and president can take office—then the incoming Senate should immediately move to expand the Supreme Court,” House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) said earlier this month.