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CNN’s Jake Tapper did what other liberal journalists have refused to do — push the Biden campaign for an answer on the issue of packing the Supreme Court.

On Sunday’s State of the Union, Tapper repeatedly grilled Biden deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield, calling the former vice president’s dodging “bizarre” when he has commented on it in the past.

Tapper asked about Biden saying “it’s not Constitutional what they’re [the GOP is] doing” with regard to the Barrett confirmation hearings, asking how that it isn’t Constitutional.

“His point is the people have an opportunity to weigh in on this constitutional process through their vote,” Bedingfield said. “And we are now in the midst of the election. Millions of people have already cast their votes. And you see that the vast majority of people say that they want the person who wins the election on November 3rd to nominate the justice…”

“That’s a poll. That’s not the Constitution,” Tapper said.

Tapper continued pushing Bedingfield to explain the “unconstitutional” remark.  Bedingfield said Republicans are trying to ram through the nomination because “they don’t believe they have the electoral support.”

Bedingfield’s main defense centered around her contention that the American people are being denied their opportunity to have a say in the process to which Tapper reminded her that the people elected the current Senate which is doing its Constitutional duty.

“I get it you don’t like it, but it’s not unconstitutional,” Tapper told Bedingfield.

Tapper then pivoted to the court-packing issue calling it bizarre that he won’t ask questions about the issue since he has already answered this question in the past and played clips of Biden in 1983 calling it a “bonehead” idea and last year when he said the Democrats would lose “all credibility” by doing so, asking Bedingfield “Why he is refusing to weigh in on it now?”

Bedingfield said, “Because Donald Trump and the Republicans don’t get to set the terms of this debate. This is a distraction they want to throw out as a hypothetical that they want to throw out right now to distract from the fact 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 pointed out that it was the progressives in the Democratic Party that brought up this question, not the Trump people as she claimed.

Bedingfield stuck to her talking points, to which Tapper said that he thought it was a serious policy question and not a game, not Trump’s game as Biden has alleged.

Biden’s only response to the question is “You’ll know my opinion on court-packing when the election is over,” which the campaign and the liberal media — except Tapper — are satisfied with.


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