Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who now serves on Joe Biden’s transfer team, said he continued to support the concept of increasing the size of the Supreme Court, and defended the statement of the Democratic presidential nominee. that Judge Amy Coney’s nomination Barrett is unconstitutional.
In 2019, Buttigieg supported the idea of a 15-member Supreme Court. Now, in an interview with “Fox News Sunday”, he claimed that Republicans speaking out against the reshuffle of the high court are just trying to distract from other issues.
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“My views have not changed,” Buttigieg said. I think bipartisan reform with the goal of reducing court politics is a really promising idea. We are also clear that a president cannot just snap their fingers and do it, and above all we do not want to allow the president to change the subject, which they always do. “
Buttigieg then quickly changed the subject itself to focus on issues such as health care and gay marriage, which he said could both be in jeopardy of President Trump’s nomination of Barrett in the Supreme Court.
Earlier in the interview, Buttigieg backed up Biden’s claim that Barrett’s nomination was “unconstitutional.”
Biden made that claim on more than one occasion, despite failing to point out any particular part of the Constitution that prohibits the president from appointing Barrett, or anyone else, before an election.
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“So, I think what he is saying is not in the spirit of the Constitution or in the spirit of our legal system or political system that they do it,” Buttigieg explained. See, most Americans believe, as I do, like Joe Biden People in America should have something to say. We are not talking about an upcoming election. We are in the middle of an election, millions of Americans are voting and want to hear their voices. “
Trump and his fellow Republicans rejected this argument by noting that Trump and Senate Republicans were all elected to their positions, and therefore the voices of the people were heard when their leaders acted within of their power.
Buttigieg avoided saying that Barrett’s nomination was unconstitutional, but said that semantics was meaningless.
“You know, whatever specific words you use for it, the bottom line is the word I’m going to use is ‘wrong,'” he continued. “And the fact that most Americans agree with us about it is another reason why Joe Biden won this election today.”
On the issue of foreign policy, host Chris Wallace brought the former criticism of Biden when the two were rivals in the 2020 Democratic main race. Buttigieg fired Biden for supporting the Iraq war under President George W. Bush.
“He supported the worst foreign policy decision the United States has ever made in my life, which was the decision to invade Iraq,” Buttigieg said.
On Sunday, however, Buttigieg acknowledged Biden by saying that going to Iraq was a mistake, and accused Trump of being “a destructive force literally wherever he goes.” He did not address the loopholes of recent peace agreements reached by the US between the Israeli and Arab countries. Instead, he accused Trump of being a “catastrophe,” barely “maintaining what is happening in the Middle East.”
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While Buttigieg criticized Biden in the past, he now says that the race is between Biden and Trump, he is “enthusiastic” behind the Democratic candidate.
“It is time to end the Trump presidency and move on,” he said.