The Democratic Party’s candidate for president was adamant that President Donald Trump release his personal tax returns. But when it comes to publishing a list of candidates who would fill the U.S. Supreme Court, Joe Biden refuses. The hypocrisy runs thick among Democrats who huddle in secrecy about things that impact Americans, but cry foul when Republicans assert their right to privacy.
“Joe Biden knows that if he revealed the kind of radical left-wing lawyers he would appoint to the Supreme Court that he would lose the election,” Senator Tom Cotton said. “That’s why he has consistently refused now for two years to do what Donald Trump did four years ago and did as recently two weeks ago — show his hand. Tell the American people his vision for what kind of jurist belongs on the Supreme Court.”
In the run-up to the 2016 election, President Trump published a list of candidates and made a promise to nominate from those judges. It was one of the deciding factors that elevated the former reality TV star and business mogul to the White House. According to a Pew Research survey, 65 percent of likely voters rank Supreme Court nominations as a driving issue.
“About three-quarters of conservative Republicans and Republican leaners (77 percent) say the issue of Supreme Court appointments will be very important to their vote, compared with fewer (56 percent) moderate and liberal Republicans and leaners,” according to Pew Research.
Everyday Americans were acutely aware that a vacancy existed the winner of the 2016 election would fill. President Trump’s transparency on the issue energized seemingly disenfranchised Christian and conservative voters.
“Should voters know? Should voters know who you’re going to appoint,” a reporter recently asked Biden.
“No, they don’t, but they will if I’m elected. They’ll have plenty of time,” Biden said, avoiding the issue. “It’s a legitimate question. But let me tell you why I’m not going to answer that question: because it will shift the focus. That’s what he wants. He never wants to talk about the issue at hand. He always tries to change the subject.”
Despite Biden’s recent verbal acrobatics, U.S. Supreme Court choices are very much the issue at hand. And it’s Joe Biden who is trying to change the subject.
Senator Cotton’s speculation Biden would suffer a massive loss of moderate voters if his list were made public has widespread agreement among political analysts. Pacifying the likes of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’ socialist followers or New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s party insurgency would require a list that excludes all White males. Anything less would be decried by fake news talk show hosts such as CNN’s Don Lemon as “white supremacy.”
Although the Democratic Party may want to stay hush on the subject, voters do want to know what a Biden nomination would look like. Merrick Garland, the Obama-Biden pick, never received a floor vote because he was a political activist masquerading as a judge. The former administration’s other selections have proven time and time again they prefer to legislate from the bench rather than deliver even-handed decisions based on the U.S. Constitution.
“I think Vice President Biden will continue to stall because he knows that anyone he would nominate to the Supreme Court would be a radical left-wing lawyer with a long paper trail of judicial activism of presuming to impose her or his political, moral preferences on the American people rather than letting the American people govern themselves through their elected representatives,” Senator Cotton added. “That’s why Joe Biden refuses to reveal his list.”