Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden And his colleague, the Senator. Kamala Harris From California, silence on the issue of mobilization in court should they win November electionsBut in 1983 Biden was more outspoken on the issue, calling it “the Bonnhead idea.”
Biden, then US Senator from DelawareHe made the comments during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in July 1983 regarding nominations for the American Civil Rights Committee. At that time, my fans President Ronald Reagan It sparked controversy to try to replace three members of the committee.
Biden argued at the time that although it was the president’s right to do so, he risked damaging the commission’s credibility. Compare it to President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s failed attempts in 1937 to expand the Supreme Court with six justices – in other words, tight court.
President Roosevelt clearly has the right to send a motion to the US Senate and Congress to package the court. It was entirely his right to do so. He did not violate any law. Biden, 40, told the committee. But it was Bonhead’s idea. It was a fatal blunder. The question arose, if for a full decade, the independence of the most important body … in this country, the Supreme Court of the United States of America.
The issue of mobilization has been raised in court in recent weeks amid President Donald Trump’s nomination of a judge Amy Connie Barrett to me Supreme court. Democrats have argued that the incoming Supreme Court judge should be decided by the winner of the November election and that Barrett’s assertion of the court – very close to the election rather than less – would unfairly bolster the conservative majority 6-3 in court.
With only three weeks left until the election, Republicans used the issue as a last-minute argument to voters that the Biden administration would overturn the rules and appoint the Liberals to an expanded Supreme Court.
Faced with pressure to take a stand as the campaign swings across Phoenix on Thursday, Biden said the country “will know my position on mobilizing in court when the election ends.”
Biden again veered off the mobilization question in court on Saturday during the campaign hiatus in Erie, Pennsylvania – and told reporters that instead they should focus on Republican efforts to fill the blank seat on the Supreme Court before Election Day.
“Look, the only court mobilization going on right now. It’s going on with Republicans packing the court now,” arguing that “what they’re doing isn’t constitutional.”
Both Biden and Harris said the Senate should wait until after the election to fill the seat. Biden pledged to choose her first black justice if given the chance. Otherwise, however, they make an effort to avoid talking about their vision for the future of the Supreme Court.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.