President Trump has laid out in detail his potential nominees to the Supreme Court. Later this week he will formally nominate a new Supreme Court Justice. Meanwhile, Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden refuses to announce his list despite an earlier promise to do so.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Sunday said he won’t release his list of prospective Supreme Court nominees until he is elected, giving off a set of reasons he believes “could influence that person’s decision” ahead of the November election despite pressure from both sides him to do so. . . .
However, Biden pledged in June to release his list of potential Supreme Court nominees, telling reporters that his campaign is “putting together a list of a group of African American women who are qualified and have the experience.” He added that the list wouldn’t release until each nominees are vetted but declined to give a timeline of when the list would be revealed.
The liberal group Demand Justice released its own shortlist of 17 Black women it says would make ideal justices, calling on Biden to follow Trump’s lead in releasing a list.
Biden continues to falsely accuse President Trump and misunderstands simple facts about the Supreme Court:
FACT CHECK: Biden said there’s no Supreme Court term until after election. That’s false. First arguments of the new term, as ever, begin the first Monday in October.— Arnie Seipel, NPR (@NPRnie) September 20, 2020
Biden also said Trump campaign only started asking for his SCOTUS list after Ginsburg’s death. Not true either.
As RNLA Co-Chair Harmeet Dhillon details in an excellent op-ed entitled Ruth Bader Ginsburg's passing and Biden’s flip-flop-flip on Supreme Court vacancies:
Biden’s reversal of his reversals is a remarkable feat of opportunistic acrobatics
Biden was all for a Democratic President—and a lame duck at that—nominating a liberal to the high court during an election year – even when the Senate was controlled by Republicans.
To be fair, in 2016 Biden stated that his words then were misunderstood, saying, "They completely neglected to quote my unequivocal bottom line, so let me set the record straight as they say: I said and I quote 'if the president consults and cooperates with the Senate or moderates his selections, then his nominees may enjoy my support as did Justice Kennedy and Justice Souter,' end of quote."
Still, on the evening of Justice Ginsburg’s death, Biden shape-shifted yet again, reverting back to his 1992 “delay the vote” position. “There is no doubt, let me be clear, that the voters should pick the president, and the president should pick the justice for the Senate to consider.” But voters did pick the president – and it’s Donald J. Trump’s prerogative under the Constitution to nominate the next Justice.
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