Jake Tapper Schools Biden’s Campaign Mgr. Over Barrett’s Nomination: “There Is Nothing Unconstitutional About What The Senate Is Doing”

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Sunday during CNN’s “State of the Union”, host Jake Tapper schooled Biden’s deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield over Joe Biden’s claim that confirming President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee before the November election would be “unconstitutional.”

Tapper also pressed Bedingfield on Biden repeatedly refusing to answer whether or not he would pack the Supreme Court, should Biden win the election in November and if Democrats take control of the Senate.

Joe Biden on Saturday told reporters of President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, “It’s not constitutional what they’re doing. We should be focused on what is happening right now. This court is being packed now by the Republicans after the vote has already begun.”

Jake Tapper told Kate Bedingfield that Biden told reporters, “It’s not constitutional what they’re doing” and asked, “How is it not constitutional what they’re doing?”

Bedingfield deflected Tapper’s question by arguing that “people have the opportunity to weigh in on this constitutional process through their vote”, adding, “We are now in the mist of the election; millions of people have already cast their votes. And you see the vast majority of the people say that they want the person who wins the election on November 3rd, to nominate the Justice”.

Tapper interjected to tell Bedingfield, “That’s a poll. It’s not the Constitution”. Continued Below

Biden’s deputy campaign manager maintained her talking points, which prompted Tapper to inform her, “It’s not unconstitutional. … [Voters] elected the Senate. … Unconstitutional doesn’t mean I like it or I don’t like it. It means according to the U.S. Constitution. There’s nothing unconstitutional about what the U.S. Senate is doing. … Again, it’s not unconstitutional. I get you don’t like it, but it’s not unconstitutional.”

Tapper also pressed Bedingfield over Joe Biden repeatedly refusing to answer whether or not he would pack the Supreme Court. He played a clip, however, of Biden in the past, condemning the idea of Supreme Court packing during his career.

In 1983, Biden called former President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s attempt to pack the Supreme Court a “bonehead idea.” In 2005, Biden called Roosevelt’s court packing plan “corrupt.” Continued Below

“Biden opposes adding justices to the court. He has for decades. So why is he refusing to weigh in on it now?” Tapper asked Bedingfield.

Bedingfield claimed, “Because Donald Trump and the Republicans don’t get to set the terms of this debate. I mean, this is a distraction that they want to throw out. This is a hypothetical they want to throw out right now to distract from the fact that they are trying to ram through a nominee, who as I said, is going to change the makeup of the court, against the will of the American people.”

Tapper argued, “It’s not the Trump people who invented this question. The idea of adding justices to the Supreme Court came from the progressive side of the Democratic Party, and it’s just a simple question. He has long been against adding justices to the court. Has he changed his mind or does he have the same position since at least 1983?”

Bedingfield deflected on whether Biden would pack the court, prompting Tapper to say, “We get to ask Democrats questions too, and it’s a simple question. And it’s one frankly, that Trump did not invent. It came from progressives in the Democratic Party. And I thought it was odd when [former] Vice President Biden said the other day in response to a reporters question, ‘Voters do not deserve an answer on this’. Of course, voters deserve an answer on his position on every issue.” Video Below

“But we’re not gonna play their game. He’s given an answer. … The answer is I am not going to play Donald Trump’s game,” Bedingfield responded.

Tapper told Bedingfield, “I think a serious policy question is not a game and I don’t think it’s Trump’s game. … We always appreciate you coming on the show answering the questions or definitely side-stepping them.”

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