Last Updated on October 12, 2020
As Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden continues to refuse to say whether he would pack the US Supreme Court if elected president, his campaign – along with his supporters in the mainstream media – are attempting to redefine what it means to “pack” a court.
The concerted attempt to redefine the meaning of the term “packing the court” seems to be targeting low information voters, both undecided and on the ideological center-left.
On Saturday, Biden exposed his true feelings about the issue when, in an interview with reporters in Las Vegas, Nevada, he responded that the American people “don’t deserve to know” his stance on court packing.
“Well sir, don’t the voters deserve to know—“
“No, they don’t deserve” to know.
So not only is the Left not answering whether they will pack the courts, their standard-bearer thinks you *don’t deserve* to know whether they will. pic.twitter.com/cEj0dV5p6I
— John Cooper (@thejcoop) October 10, 2020
He continued that line of thinking insisting that Republicans are “court packing” by executing their constitutionally mandated duty to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court bench created by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing.
This was followed up by a like statement by Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE), who sought to cloud the issue by saying, “I’m going to be laying out the ways in which Judge Barrett’s views…are not just extreme, they’re disqualifying. It constitutes court-packing.”
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), referred to the appointment of judges to vacancies on the federal bench as “court packing,” when he said, “Republicans have been packing the court for the past three and a half years, and they brag about it.”
Disgraced former journalist Dan Rather chimed in tweeting, “Can we at least recognize that ‘Court Packing’ at all levels of the judiciary has been the Republican playbook for decades? Asking for Merrick Garland.”
It is stunning how fast this propaganda is spreading. That's simply not what court-packing means. Filling existing vacancies — even with ample bad faith, cynicism, skullduggery whatever — is not "court packing." It's amazing to watch people who know this say otherwise. https://t.co/mEeMssYaTz
— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahDispatch) October 11, 2020
Court packing refers to adding seats to the Supreme Court for political purposes; to load the court with judicial activists creating an ideological swing to a particular political bent. This is exampled in the Judicial Procedures Reform Bill of 1937, legislation championed by Democrat President Franklin D. Roosevelt to advance his New Deal agenda.
Additionally, the Biden campaign’s communications director, Kate Bedingfield, was slapped down by CNN’s Jake Tapper when she again refused to address the issues of Biden refusing to answer the court packing question saying, “He answered the question 15 times over the course of the last week. The answer is I am not going to play Donald Trump’s game.”
To date, Biden has refused to give a substantial and definitive answer as to whether, if elected, he would pack the High Court.