Kamala Harris, pushed by Mike Pence on Joe Biden's plans to 'pack the court,' slammed the Trump administration's judicial appointees: 'Not one is Black'

  • Sen. Kamala Harris attacked the Trump administration for failing to appoint even a single Black judge to the federal court of appeals.
  • "Do you know that of the 50 people who President Trump appointed to the court of appeals for lifetime appointments, not one is Black?" she said during the vice presidential debate on Wednesday evening.
  • Harris pointed out the issue after Vice President Mike Pence claimed that former Vice President Joe Biden would "pack" the Supreme Court if elected.
  • The Supreme Court has become a contentious issue after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Sept. 18, freeing up a highly sought after seat.
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California Sen. Kamala Harris pointed out that the Trump administration hasn't added a single Black judge — out of its more than 50 appointments to the federal court of appeals — during Wednesday's debate with Vice President Mike Pence.

"Do you know that of the 50 people who President Trump appointed to the court of appeals for lifetime appointments, not one is Black?" said Harris, who is Democratic nominee Joe Biden's vice presidential pick. She is the first Black woman on a major party ticket.

Harris went on the defense when Pence repeated pushed her to address whether Biden, if elected, would "pack" the highest court in the nation with additional seats.

"Are you and Joe Biden going to pack the court if Judge Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed?" Pence asked. "Your party is actually openly advocating adding seats to the Supreme Court, which has had nine seats for 150 years, if you don't get your way. This is a classic case of if you can't win by the rules, you're going to change the rules."

Harris didn't reply directly, instead saying, "This is what they've been doing. You want to talk about packing a court, let's have that discussion."

"I just want the record to reflect that she never answered the question," Pence said.

The tense exchange came during a debate segment on President Donald Trump's decision to nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court after a vacancy was created by the Sept. 18 death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The staunchly conservative Barrett currently serves on the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Harris, echoing Biden's stance, said on Wednesday that the next president should select the next Supreme Court justice, but the Republican-controlled Senate is moving quickly to confirm Barrett.

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