Former South Bend Indiana Mayor Pete Butigig, who now works on Joe Biden’s transition team, said he continued to support the concept of increasing the size of the Supreme Court and defended the Democratic presidential candidate’s claim that the nomination of a judge Amy Connie Barrett is unconstitutional.
In 2019, Buttigieg supported the idea of a 15-member Supreme Court. Now, in an interview with Fox News Sunday, he said Republicans who oppose changing the size of the Supreme Court are simply trying to distract from other issues.
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“My views have not changed,” Buttigieg said. I think that bipartisan reform in order to reduce the politicization of the court is a really promising idea. Let us also be clear that the president cannot just snap his fingers and do it, and above all we do not want to allow this president to change the subject, which they always do. “
Butygeg then quickly shifted to focusing on issues such as health care and same-sex marriage, which he said could both be threatened by President Trump’s nomination to the Supreme Court.
Earlier in the interview, Butigieg backed Biden’s claim that Barrett’s nomination was “unconstitutional.”
Biden has made this claim more than once, although he has failed to name a specific part of the Constitution that would prohibit the president from nominating Barrett or anyone else before the election.
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“Well, I think what he’s saying is that it’s not in the spirit of the Constitution, nor in the spirit of our legal system or political system,” Butigig explained. You see, most Americans believe, as I believe, as Joe Biden does, that the American people should have a say. We are not talking about upcoming elections. We are in the middle of an election, millions of Americans have voted and want their vote to be heard. “
Trump and his fellow Republicans rejected that argument, noting that all Republicans Trump and the Senate were duly elected to their positions, and therefore people’s voices are heard when their leaders act within their power.
Butigieg avoids saying Barrett’s nomination is unconstitutional, but says the semantics are irrelevant.
“You know, whatever specific words you use for him, in the end, the word I would use is ‘wrong,'” he continued. “And the fact that most Americans agree with us on that is another reason Joe Biden won this election right now.”
On foreign policy, host Chris Wallace raised Battigig’s past criticism of Biden when the two were opponents in the Democratic primary race in 2020. Buttigieg had fired Biden for supporting the Iraq war under President George W. Bush.
“He supported the worst foreign policy decision made by the United States in my life, which was the decision to invade Iraq,” Butigig once said.
On Sunday, however, Butigig credited Biden with saying that entering Iraq was a mistake and accused Trump of being “a destabilizing force literally wherever he went.” He did not dwell on a series of recent US peace agreements between Israel and Arab countries. Rather, he accused Trump of being a “catastrophe,” barely managing to “properly handle what is happening in the Middle East.”
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While Butigig has criticized Biden in the past, he now says the race is between Biden and Trump, he is “enthusiastic” behind the Democratic candidate.
“It’s time to end Trump’s presidency and move on,” he said.