Fact Check: Kamala Harris Made Up a Fake Quote From Abe Lincoln at the Debate
Kamala Harris did a lot of lying during the VP debate last night. She lied about her support for fracking, about the Green New Deal, and of course, about Donald Trump. She also made up a particularly bizarre lie about Abe Lincoln as part of an effort to justify not filling a seat on the Supreme Court. Her argument was that Trump shouldn’t fill Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s Supreme Court Seat because when Abe Lincoln was faced with a similar situation, he didn’t do it.
In 1864 — one of the, I think political heroes certainly of the President, I assume of you also, Mr. Vice President, is Abraham Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln was up for re-election, and it was 27 days before the election. And a seat became open on the United States Supreme Court. Abraham Lincoln’s party was in charge, not only of the White House, but the Senate. But Honest Abe said, “It’s not the right thing to do. The American people deserve to make the decision about who will be the next president of the United States. And then that person can select who will serve for a lifetime on the highest court of our land.” And so Joe and I are very clear: the American people are voting right now, and it should be their decision about who will serve on this most important body for a lifetime.
Of course, Abraham Lincoln didn’t actually say anything even close to that. How would we know that for sure? Because as Dan McLaughlin at National Review noted, Abe Lincoln filled the seat.
— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) October 8, 2020
Lincoln, of course, said no such thing. He sent no nominee to the Senate in October 1864 because the Senate was out of session until December. He sent a nominee the day after the session began, and Salmon P. Chase was confirmed the same day. And Lincoln wanted to dangle the nomination before Chase and several other potential candidates because he wanted them to campaign for him. Lincoln’s priority was winning the election, which was necessary to win the war — and he filled the vacancy at the first possible instant.
Rather bizarrely, it looks as if Kamala Harris planned this lie out. After all, it’s hard to believe that she dug into Lincoln’s presidency enough to know that his party controlled the Senate, but had no idea that he filled the seat. The fact that Harris knowingly felt comfortable telling such an audacious lie tells you something about her, but it also tells you a lot about our mainstream media. She told that lie in front of the whole world and expected to get away with it. If the mainstream media was really the non-partisan watchdog it claimed to be, that could never happen.