Democratic nominee Joe Biden and running mate Kamala D. Harris are facing growing pressure to say whether they would “pack” the Supreme Court if the Republican-led Senate names Amy Coney Barrett to the bench.
Over the past few days, the question — from Republicans, debate moderators and reporters — has dogged the pair.
Melissa Quinn of CBS News writes
Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris repeatedly dodged questions Wednesday on whether she and Joe Biden support adding more seats to the high court, a proposal that has gained traction among progressives in the wake of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death last month.
When bad reporting is the order of the day, Politico cannot be far behind. Caitlan Oprysko claims
Sen. Kamala Harris on Wednesday pointedly ducked several questions about whether a Biden-Harris administration would try to “pack” the Supreme Court to dilute what could become a solid conservative majority on the court.
Of these three august pillars of the Fourth Estate, only one- CBS News- noted that the Constitution does not establish the number of justices to serve on the United States Supreme Court.
Two of the three organs- CBS News and Politico- did refer to Harris' remark
And do you know that of the 50 people who President Trump appointed to the Court of Appeals for lifetime appointments, not one is Black? This is what they've been doing. You want to talk about packing a court? Let's have that discussion.
The California senator stated also
And I've witnessed the appointments, for lifetime appointments to the federal courts, district courts, Courts of Appeal -- people who are purely ideological people who have been reviewed by legal professional organizations and found to be not competent, are substandard.
But "of the 50 people who President Trump appointed to the Court of Appeals for lifetime appointments, not one is black" is the money quote.
Further, Harris' comment comes against a backdrop of more than a million people marching in the streets this past summer to protest racial injustice (albeit in policing). Yet President Trump appoints 50 people to the Court of Appeals for lifetime appointments, none of them black, and the media demands to know why the Biden-Harris ticket won't renounce the court packing the Constitution is silent on.
Let that sink in. Remember, too, if Donald Trump claims victory in November, that he was pursuing a deal for a Trump Tower in Russia while running for President in 2016, paid no income tax in 10 of the last 15 years, has roughly $400 million in unpaid debts, and all the while has the highest national security classification in the United States of America.
Then recall that in early October, the media did not ask why Donald Trump believes blacks are unqualified to be federal judges but was aghast that President Biden might even consider adding judges to the Supreme Court. And we then would have one more big piece of the puzzle as to why the very embodiment of evil would still be President beyond January 20, 2021.