UPDATED 10:15 AM PT – Sunday, September 20, 2020
Critics of Joe Biden have accused him of hypocrisy after he previously stated a Supreme Court justice could be replaced during an election year. Biden’s 2016 comments have garnered attention as Democrats push Republicans not to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat ahead of the election.
In a 2016 opinion piece for the New York Times, the former vice president blasted Republicans for holding up court nominees.
During an appearance the same year, he said if the President consults with the Senate, then a nominee would get his support even during an election year.
“I made it absolutely clear I would go forward with a confirmation process as chairman, even a few months before a presidential election, if the nominee were chosen with the advice and not merely the consent of the Senate, just as the Constitution requires,” stated Biden.
Joe Biden in 2016: “I would go forward with a confirmation process as chairman, *even a few months before a presidential election,* if the nominee were chosen with the advice, and not merely the consent, of the Senate, just as the Constitution requires.pic.twitter.com/eAdrDigc8S
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) September 19, 2020
The President has called on Biden to release his own list of possible court nominees. He suggested the Democrat is afraid of alienating voters by naming nominees ahead of the election.