Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who now serves on Joe Biden’s transition team, said he continues to support the concept of increasing the size of the Supreme Court and defended the Democratic presidential candidate’s claim that the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett is unconstitutional. .
In 2019, Buttigieg supported the idea of a 15-member Supreme Court. Now, he claimed in a “Fox News Sunday” interview that Republicans who speak out against changing the size of the Supreme Court are only trying to distract from other issues.
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“My views have not changed,” Buttigieg said. I think that bipartisan reform with the aim of reducing the politicization of the court is a really promising idea. Let us also be aware that a president cannot just snap his fingers and do so, and most of all we will not allow this president to change subject, which they always do. “
Buttigieg then quickly shifted the subject himself to focus on issues such as health care and gay marriage, both of which he claimed could be in jeopardy with President Trump’s appointment of Barrett to the Supreme Court.
Earlier in the interview, Buttigieg backed Biden’s claim that Barrett’s nomination was “unconstitutional.”
Biden has made this claim on more than one occasion, despite not pointing to any particular part of the constitution that would prohibit the president from appointing Barrett or anyone else before an election.
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“Well, I think what he is saying is that it is not in the spirit of the Constitution or in our legal system or political system that they should do this,” Buttigieg explained. See, most Americans think, as I do, as Joe Biden does, that the American people should have a post. We are not talking about an election to come. We are in the middle of an election that millions of Americans have voted for and want their voice to be heard. “
Trump and his Republican colleagues have rejected this argument, noting that Trump and Republicans from the Senate were all duly elected to their positions, and therefore people’s voices are heard when their leaders act within their power.
Buttigieg avoided saying that Barrett’s nomination was unconstitutional, but argued that the semantics were not relevant.
“You know, no matter what specific words you use for it, the bottom line is the word I want to use is ‘wrong,'” he continued. “And the fact that most Americans agree with us on this is another reason why Joe Biden is winning this election right now.”
On the issue of foreign policy, host Chris Wallace raised Buttigieg’s earlier criticism of Biden when the two were opponents in the Democratic primary in 2020. Buttigieg had blown Biden to support the Iraq war under President George W. Bush.
“He supported the worst foreign policy decision made by the United States in my lifetime, which was the decision to invade Iraq,” Buttigieg once said.
On Sunday, however, Buttigieg credited Biden for saying that entering Iraq was a mistake, accusing Trump of being “a destabilizing force literally everywhere he goes.” He did not address the string of recent peace agreements that the United States mediated between Israel and Arab countries. Rather, he accused Trump of being a “disaster,” barely able to “keep up with what’s going on in the Middle East.”
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While Buttigieg previously criticized Biden, he now says the race is between Biden and Trump, he stands “enthusiastically” behind the Democratic candidate.
“It’s time to end the Trump presidency and move on,” he said.