‘Voters Deserve an Answer!’ Tapper Grills Biden campaign coordinator on Court-Packing

By Nicholas Fondacaro

After Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s Friday declaration that Americans “don’t deserve” to know his position on packing the Supreme Court, some in the liberal media have had enough of his dodging and contempt for the American people. After ABC chief White House correspondent Jon Karl bucked the narrative on Sunday, CNN’s Jake Tapper followed suit and grilled Biden campaign coordinator Kate Bedingfield and shouted: “Of course, voters deserve an answer on his position, on every issue!

Their State of the Union interview started out pretty favorably for the Biden campaign with Tapper allowing Bedingfield to go off on the Trump campaign over the canceled second debate. But things took a turn when Tapper pressed her on Biden’s false claim that President Trump’s nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett was unconstitutional.

“I want to get the idea of adding justices to the court in a second. But he said, ‘it’s not constitutional what they are doing.’ How is it not constitutional what they are doing,” he wondered. 

Bedingfield responded by pointing to polls saying that people wanted the winner of the election to nominate, but Tapper confronted her on how the Constitution worked and how the Senate was an elected body:

TAPPER: That is a poll. That is not the Constitution.

BEDINGFIELD: By trying to — that is their — there is the constitutional process of advising consent and the American people get to have their say by voting for president, by voting for senators. We are now 23 days away from the election.

TAPPER: Right, but it’s not unconstitutional.

BEDINGFIELD: Millions of votes – Millions of votes — Voters are being denied their constitutional right to have a say in this process.

TAPPER: They elected the Senate.

BEDINGFIELD: But trying to ram through — are trying to ram through a nominee who, by the way, is going to change the makeup of the court. And we see time and time again poll after poll show most Americans vehemently disagree with this —

TAPPER: Again Kate, that’s a poll.

 “That is not what the word constitutional means. Constitutional doesn’t mean I like it or don’t like it. It means it’s according to the U.S. Constitution. There’s nothing unconstitutional about what the U.S. Senate is doing,” he declared, appearing flustered.

After reiterating that point, Tapper switched gears to focus on Biden’s refusal to answer any question about court-packing. “What is bizarre about it, to me, is that Biden has already answered this question on whether he supports expanding the court,” he said, before playing soundbites of Biden from 1983 and 2019 denouncing court-packing.

Biden opposes adding justices to the court, he has for decades. So, why he is refusing to weigh in on it now,” he pressed her. Despite the lifeline Tapper threw her with the clips, Bedingfield continued to flail and claim it was part of a Trump campaign distraction.

Unfortunately for her, Tapper had to burst her narrative and explain it was not “the Trump people who invented this question,” but “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 he’s had since, at least, 1983,” Tapper demanded to know. And with his guest continuing to dodge the issue and blame Trump and Republicans, Tapper went off:

I get it and we asked Republicans those questions but we get to ask Democrats questions too. And this is a simple question and it’s one frankly that Trump did not invent. It came from the progressives in the Democratic Party. And I thought it was odd when Vice President Biden said the other day in response to a reporter’s question that voters do not deserve an answer on this.

“Of course, voters deserve an answer on his position, on every issue,” he exclaimed.

CNN’s snarky chyrons were usually reserved for chiding the President, but Tapper’s were trained on Biden. At one point reading: “Biden says he’ll reveal position on adding justices to the Supreme Court ‘when the election is over.’ What?”

And as he was wrapping up the interview, Tapper took a couple of swipes at her. “All right, I think a serious policy question is not a “game” and I don’t think it’s ‘Trump’s game,’” he said. 

“[W]e always appreciate you coming on the show and answering the questions or deftly side-stepping them.”

Editor’s note. This appeared at Newsbusters and is reposted with permission.