Democrat leaders do not want Joe Biden to be transparent about his potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees.
The likely Democrat presidential nominee is in a figurative tug-of-war between progressive political groups that want him to release a list of possible judicial candidates for the high court and Democrat political leaders who don’t.
According to The Hill, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and other top Senate Democrats have advised the pro-abortion presidential candidate against transparency in his Supreme Court picks.
“I have a lot of faith in Joe Biden. … I’ve talked to him a little bit about this and I think he understands the gravity of the issue,” Schumer said when asked if Biden should release a list.
There have been calls from both conservatives and liberals for Biden to identify his top choices for Supreme Court vacancies, as Donald Trump did ahead of the 2016 election.
But Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, who is second in seniority to Schumer, told The Hill that Biden shouldn’t follow Trump’s example.
“I sincerely hope he does not do that,” Durbin said. “We ought to go back to the regular order of things. If and when vacancies occur, he can look for the very best person at that moment.”
Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan made similar statements, according to the report.
“I’m not advising him on that, but I wouldn’t recommend it,” Whitehouse responded.
Abortion is a key issue for both Democrats and Republicans, and it relates directly to the courts. Biden has made it clear that he supports the legalized, unrestricted killing of unborn babies in abortions, and, if he wins in November, he would choose abortion activist judges to fill vacancies on the nation’s highest courts.
Voters on both the left and right want to know just how extreme those judicial nominees may be, wrote Carrie Campbell Severino, president of the Judicial Crisis Network, in a recent op-ed at the New York Post.
Would they support “abortion on demand before and (who knows?) during and even after birth?” Severino wondered.
She continued: “This end-run around the democratic process has been the left’s strategy for decades: Can’t get the radical laws you want passed in Congress? Don’t worry, liberal activist judges will get the job done for you! This is the reason that Joe Biden doesn’t want to show us his list.”
For decades, states have been passing laws to protect unborn babies and mothers from abortions. But consistently, activist judges have struck down many of those laws as unconstitutional because of Roe v. Wade.
Biden’s campaign website says he would like to codify Roe into federal law, which is a strong indication of the types of judges he would choose. He also said he is committed to “the constitutional right to an abortion” and to reversing “the Trump administration and states’ all-out assault on women’s right to choose.”
In December, when asked if he would consider former pro-abortion President Barack Obama for the Supreme Court, Biden said yes.
According to The Hill, Biden did say he would nominate a black woman to the high court, and he has at least four women in mind. However, he has not mentioned any names.
“I commit it that if I’m elected president and have an opportunity to appoint someone to the courts, I’ll appoint the first black woman to the courts. It’s required that they have representation, now it’s long overdue,” he said during a Democrat debate earlier this year.
Biden has a strong pro-abortion voting record that goes back for many years, and he supported President Barack Obama’s leadership as the most pro-abortion president in U.S. history.
Recently, Biden abandoned his opposition to taxpayer-funded abortions, even though Americans still strongly oppose it. Now, Biden says he will end the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits taxpayer-funded abortions in Medicaid. He also said one of his first acts as president would be to restore funding to Planned Parenthood, a billion-dollar abortion chain that aborts more than 345,000 unborn babies each year.