CNN has been leading the media charge to help elect former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democrat nominee for president, according to many conservatives.
But that was not the case on Sunday when “State of The Union” anchor Jake Tapper took it to a Biden campaign spokeswoman, The Washington Examiner reported.
CNN’s Jake Tapper pushed a top Biden staffer on why the Democratic nominee isn’t directly answering whether he supports adding justices to the Supreme Court
In a Sunday interview with campaign spokeswoman Kate Bedingfield, Tapper played tapes of Joe Biden opposing the idea of court packing throughout his long political career in the Senate, then last year on the campaign trail.
Tapper particularly pressed on Biden’s recent comments, saying voters didn’t deserve to know his position on the idea, and that he would give his opinion on adding justices after the Nov. 3 election.
The host played clips of Biden saying that what Republicans are doing, by nominating Judge Amy Coney Barrett to The Supreme Court, was not constitutional.
“He said it’s ‘not constitutional what they’re doing’…how is that unconstitutional what they’re doing?” the host said.
“His point is that the people have an opportunity to weigh in on this constitutional process through their vote, and we are now in the midst of the election,” Bedingfield answered.
She then said that polls show that the voters want a say in who the next Supreme Court Justice is.
“That’s a poll, that’s not the Constitution,” Tapper said.
“There is the constitutional process of advice and consent. The American people get to have their say,” Bedingfield hit back, “by voting for president, by voting for senators.”
“Wait…but it’s not unconstitutional,” Tapper said.
“Voters are being denied their constitutional right to have a say in this process,” she said, which is factually incorrect.
“They elected the Senate!” Tapper correctly said.
“They are trying to ram through…a nominee who, by the way, is gonna change the makeup of the court. And we see, time and time again, poll after poll shows that most Americans vehemently disagree with this,” the spokeswoman said.
“Again, Kate, that’s a poll. That’s not what the word ‘constitutional’ means. Constitutional doesn’t mean I like it or I don’t like it,” the host said. “It means it’s according to the U.S. Constitution. There’s nothing unconstitutional about what the U.S. Senate is doing.”
She continued to insist that voters were being denied a say in the nomination as Tapper continued to explain that the voters had a say when they elected the senators.
“I get that you don’t like it, but it’s not unconstitutional,” he said.
He then played video of Biden speaking against court packing over the decades, taking a stand against the idea of packing the Supreme Court, but for weeks he and his vice presidential candidate, California Sen. Kamala Harris, have refused to answer.
“Biden opposes adding justices to the court, he has for decades, so why is he refusing to weigh in on it now?” he said.
The true answer is likely that Biden is frightened of alienating his radical base by saying that, but that is not the answer that Bedingfield gave.
“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 that they want to throw out right now,” she said.
“Kate, it’s not the Trump people who invented this question, right? The idea of adding justices came from the progressive side of the Democratic Party…It’s just a simple question…” the host said.
The spokeswoman then accused Vice President Mike Pence of asking Sen. Harris the same question during at their and Pence allegedly dodging issues on health in an attempt to change the subject.
“I get it, we ask Republicans those questions, but we get to ask Democrats questions too, and this is a simple question that, frankly, Trump did not invent,” the host said. And he said he “thought it was odd” that Biden said to reporters that voters do not deserve an answer.
“Of course, voters deserve an answer on his position on every issue,” he said.
“He’s given an answer,” she said. “He’s probably answered this question 15 times over the course of the last week.”