Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has finally given a direct answer on his party and his ticket potentially adding justices to the United States Supreme Court, commonly referred to as “court-packing.”
While speaking to reporters on Monday evening, Biden told Local 12’s Kyle Inskeep that he was “not a fan” of the process.
The former vice president admitted he has avoided talking about the issue as not to distract from what he alleges is an illegitimate process to fill a Supreme Court vacancy in an election year, referencing Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s ongoing confirmation process.
“Look what I want them to focus on, as I’ve respectfully suggested, court-packing is going on now,” Biden said.
“Never before when an election has already begun and millions of votes already cast, has it — that a supreme court nominee was put forward, had never happened before,” he continued.
Biden added: “One of the reasons is the Constitution implies that the only shot the American people get to determine who will be on a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court or federal courts is when they pick their senator and their president because the president names and the Senate advises and consents.”
The Democratic nominee then said he wanted “to get off on that whole issue” and accused Trump of trying to make the election “about whether or not [he] would pack the court or not pack the court.”
“The focus is why is he doing what he’s doing now?” the former vice president continued. “Why now, with less than 24 days to go until the election?”