Former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who now serves on Joe Biden’s transition team, said he continues to support the concept of enlarging the Supreme Court and defended the Democratic presidential candidate’s claim that the appointment of Judge Amy Coney Barrett is unconstitutional.
In 2019 Buttigieg endorsed the idea of a 15-member Supreme Court. In an interview with Fox News Sunday, he claimed that Republicans who oppose changing the size of the Supreme Court are trying to divert attention from other issues.
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Buttigieg then quickly switched the subject himself to focus on issues such as health care and gay marriage, both of which he alleged could be jeopardized by President Trump’s appointment of Barrett to the Supreme Court.
At the beginning of the interview, Buttigieg confirmed Biden’s claim that Barrett’s nomination was “unconstitutional.”
Biden has made this claim more than once, despite not making reference to a specific part of the Constitution that prohibits the President from nominating Barrett or anyone else prior to an election.
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“Well, I think what he’s saying is that it’s not in the spirit of the Constitution, or in the spirit of our legal or political system, for them to do that,” Buttigieg explained. Look, most Americans believe, as I do, as Joe Biden does, that the American people should have their say. We’re not talking about an upcoming election. We are in the middle of an election, millions of Americans have voted and want their voice to be heard. “
Trump and his Republicans have rejected this argument, stating that Trump and the Senate Republicans were duly elected to their positions, and therefore the voices of the people are heard when their leaders act within their power.
Buttigieg avoided saying that Barrett’s nomination was unconstitutional, but claimed that the semantics were irrelevant.
“You know, whatever you use for it, the bottom line is that the word I would use is ‘wrong’,” he continued. “And the fact that most Americans agree with us on it is another reason Joe Biden is winning this election.”
On the issue of foreign policy, host Chris Wallace brought up Buttigieg’s previous criticism of Biden as the two opponents of the 2020 Democratic primary race. Buttigieg had beaten Biden for supporting the Iraq war under President George W. Bush.
“He supported the worst US foreign policy decision in my life, namely the decision to invade Iraq,” Buttigieg once said.
However, on Sunday Buttigieg credited Biden that it was a mistake to go to Iraq and accused Trump of “being a destabilizing force literally everywhere”. He did not address the recent peace agreements that the United States had signed between Israel and Arab countries. Rather, he accused Trump of being a “disaster” and of barely being able to “keep track of what is going on in the Middle East”.
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While Buttigieg has criticized Biden in the past, he now said that the race is between Biden and Trump, he was “excited” behind the Democratic candidate.
“It’s time to end the Trump presidency and move on,” he said.