Kamala Harris Refuses to Say If She Supports Packing the Supreme Court
Neither Joe Biden or Kamala Harris will speak on if they agree with recent calls by some Democrat leaders and pundits to pack the Supreme Court.
Biden has historically opposed court packing, but when asked recently about it, decided to evade the question. “It’s a legitimate question. But let me tell you why I’m not going to answer that question: because it will shift all the focus.”
Back in in 2019, the New York Times asked Harris “Are you open to expanding the size of the Supreme Court?” and she responded “I’m absolutely open to it.” But like Biden now, she’s now not offering an opinion.
As the New York Post reported:
Harris stumbled and then sidestepped a question about whether Democrats should pack the Supreme Court if they win the White House and a majority in the Senate this November.
Harris was asked Monday by MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell whether the court should be expanded if President Trump’s nominee Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed.
“You know, let’s. I think that – first of all – Joe has been very clear that he is going to pay attention to the fact, and I’m with him on this 1,000 percent, pay attention to the fact that right now, Lawrence, people are voting,” she said.
“This is not some kind of debate about election year, should a sitting president be allowed or able to nominate someone to the United States Supreme Court for a lifetime appointment. This is not even an election year. This is like we’re actually in the election,” Harris said.
The sudden silence of Biden and Harris on the issue seems to indicate that they’re both aware that court packing simply isn’t popular.
While polls on court packing are rare, a Rasmussen Poll last year found that that only 27 percent of respondents favor adding justices to the Supreme Court — and presumably the lower courts — while 55 percent opposed. Biden and Harris can’t both publicly support court packing for that reason – and if they publicly oppose the practice, they do risk angering the crazier factions within their party who make up the minority that do support packing the courts.