Appearing on CNN with Chris Cuomo, Van Jones compared “court packing” as “a teddy bear for a lot of Democrats to hug onto at night.”
Asked about Biden’s town hall answer on potentially packing the Supreme Court, Van Jones said “Yeah, D-minus on that answer. There’s just no way around it. And now he’s put himself in this odd position where he says he’s going to wait until some other date. I guess what he’s saying is that he’s holding out some hope that they won’t nominate this new justice if he continues to play this game. It doesn’t make any sense. None of it makes any sense. And so I think the reality is the Democrats are very angry and upset, because at every level of the government right now it feels like the deck is stacked against us.”
“We’ve got two Supreme Court Justice seats that we don’t feel were given to the Republicans fairly,” he added. “You feel like the Electoral College stacks the deck against Democrats. You feel like the Senate’s got the filibuster. All these different things. The gerrymandering. So there’s so much pent-up frustration that Democrats are feeling that this issue of being able to pack the court has become a teddy bear for a lot of Democrats to hug on to at night, and he doesn’t want to take the teddy bear away. But I think he’s hurting his own brand by not doing it. I think it’s better for him to come forward and say, ‘That’s not my brand of politics, I’m not going to do it,’ or, to your point, say he’s going to use it as a bargaining chip. But right now, I think he’s hurting his brand.”
"Being able to pack the court has become a teddy bear for a lot of Democrats to hug onto at night but and he doesn't want to take the teddy bear away," says @VanJones68 on why Biden has not given an answer on court packing.
"I think he is hurting his own brand by not doing it." pic.twitter.com/edU8fsdg3a
— Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) October 16, 2020
Thursday, Biden suggested he’s going to come out with a clear position on potentially expanding the Supreme Court before election day, after he sees how the Senate handles the Amy Coney Barrett nomination.
“It depends on how this turns out,” Biden said, referring to the Barrett confirmation process. Elaborating, Biden said “if there’s actually real, live debate on the floor” of the Senate.