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Kamala Harris repeatedly dodged questions Wednesday whether she and Joe Biden support adding more seats to the Supreme Court.
CBS News reports that ‘during the only Vice Presidential debate, Vice President Mike Pence Harris pressured several times to see if she and her fellow member would increase their Supreme Court seats from nine if they won the November election and judges Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed to occupy the seat of the late Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
“Your party openly advocates adding seats to the Supreme Court, which has had nine seats for 150 years, if you don’t get your way,” Pence said.
What does packing the dish mean?
The term “court wrapping” is intended to dilute the power of conservative judges and restore the balance of the Supreme Court.
President Franklin Roosevelt made a proposal in February 1937 that full pay retirees to all members of the Tribunal over 70 years of age. If a judge refuses to retire, an “assistant” with full voting rights should be appointed to ensure Roosevelt has a liberal majority. Most Republicans and many Democrats in Congress opposed the so-called “court-packing” plan.
The plan never became law.
How did Harris react?
Harris responded with a reference to the 1864 presidential election, in which Judge Roger Taney’s death just 27 days before the presidential election opened a Supreme Court position for President Abraham Lincoln.
“Honestly, Abe said it wasn’t the right thing,” Harris said of Lincoln, who was waiting to name Taney’s replacement.
“The American people deserve to make a decision about who will be the next President of the United States, and then that person can choose who will serve in our nation’s highest court for life.”
The Senator managed to reverse Pennence’s “Pack the Court” attack by finding that Trump’s list of federal court appointments was largely white. And she underscored the Democrats’ argument and public polls, which suggest that most voters believe the Senate should wait until after the election to fill the current Supreme Court post, according to 10TV
Harris failed to mention to Pence and the audience that the court’s Republican stance came into play because the GOP-led Senate refused to consider President Barack Obama’s candidate in Spring 2016 in 2016 and took a position Trump in 2017 occupied.
Democrats have threatened to grab the Supreme Court if President Trump’s nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett, who was tapped to fill the position vacated by late Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, is confirmed ahead of the 2020 presidential election, Fox News says.