Kamala Harris, pushed by Pence on Biden's plans to 'pack' the Supreme Court, slammed the Trump administration's judicial appointees: 'Not one is Black'
Kamala Harris in Salt Lake City on Wednesday. ROBYN BECK / AFP via Getty Images
Senator Kamala Harris attacked the Trump administration during the vice presidential debate Wednesday night for not appointing a single black judge to the federal appeals court.
"Do you know that of the 50 people President Trump has called to the Court of Appeals for life-long appointments, none are black?" She said.
Vice President Mike Pence had argued that Democratic candidate Joe Biden would "grab" the Supreme Court if he were elected.
The Supreme Court has become a contentious issue as the Senate, with a Republican majority, seeks to replace Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg with Judge Amy Coney Barrett ahead of the election.
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California Senator Kamala Harris said during Wednesday's debate with Vice President Mike Pence that the Trump administration has not added a single black judge from its more than 50 appointments to the federal appeals court.
"Do you know that of the 50 people President Trump has called to the Court of Appeals for life-long appointments, none are black?" Harris, Joe Biden's runner-up for the Democratic nominee, said.
Harris is the first woman of color on a big party ticket.
She went on defense when Pence urged her to clarify whether, if elected, Biden would "pack" the nation's highest court with additional seats.
"Will you and Joe Biden grab the court if Judge Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed?" Asked Pence.
"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 when you can't win by the rules, you 'I will rule the rules to change. "
Harris didn't answer directly, instead saying, "This is what you did. You want to talk about packing a dish, let's have this discussion."
Pence said, "I just want the record to reflect that she never answered the question."
The tense exchange came during a section of debate over President Donald Trump's decision to appoint Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court after a vacancy was created by the death of Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg on September 18.
The strictly conservative Barrett is a member of the US Court of Appeals for the seventh circuit.
Harris reiterated Biden's stance, saying on Wednesday that the next president should select the new Supreme Court justice, but the Republican-controlled Senate will act quickly to approve Barrett before November 3rd.
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