Kamala Harris Dodges Question About Packing Supreme Court

Kamala Harris Packing Supreme Court

Today, during the U.S. Vice Presidential Debates between Senator Kamala Harris and current U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, Kamala Harris was asked several times consecutively whether or not the Democrats planned to pack the supreme court.

“Packing the court” refers to the process of adding more justices to the U.S. Supreme court in order to ensure more favorable, albeit partisan rulings. The origins of this concept stem back to the Judicial Procedures Reform Bill of 1937 which was a legislative initiative introduced by then-President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Amid today’s debate, Mike Pence asked Kamala flat out:

“The American people would really like to know, if Judge Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed to the Supreme Court of the United States, are you and Joe Biden, if somehow, you win the election, going to pack the Supreme Court to get your way?”

At which point, Kamala pivots to a tale about Abraham Lincoln, and then the Presidential election, before Pence again asks her:

“People are voting right now, and they’d like to know if you and Joe Biden are going to pack the Supreme Court if you don’t get your way in this nomination. You once again gave a non-answer, Joe Biden gave a non-answer – the American people deserve a straight answer. And if you haven’t figured it out yet, they are going to pack the Supreme Court if they somehow win this nomination.

“Men and women, people across this country I gotta tell you, if you cherish our Supreme Court, if you cherish the separation of powers, you need to reject the Biden/Harris ticket, come November the third, re-elect President Donald Trump, who will stand by that separation of powers with nine seats.”

Senator Harris then rebuts Vice President Pence, saying “Let’s talk about that balance of power,” to which Pence responds “please.”

From there, Senator Harris goes on to mention that of the 50 people that President Trump has appointed to the Court of Appeals, not one person was black.

Lastly, Vice President responds:

“I just want the record to reflect, she never answered the question. Maybe in the next debate, Joe Biden will answer the question, but I think the American people know the answer.”

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