Jake Tapper: “It’s Not Unconstitutional.”

CNN’s Jake Tapper has long been anti-Trump. He and the White House have gone round and round on just about everything so it was surprising when while interviewing Presidential candidate Joe Biden’s campaign manager Kate Beddingfield, that he took her to task on whether President Donald Trump had the Constitutional authority to nominate a replacement Justice for the Supreme Court.

Bedingfield stated that the nomination was unConstitutional.

He said what [the GOP] is doing is not Constitutional. How is it not constitutional what they’re doing constitutional?” Tapper asked.

“His point is that the people have the opportunity to weigh in on this constitutional process through their vote,” Bedingfield explained. “And we are now in the midst of the election. Millions of people have already cast their votes. And you see that the vast majority of people say they want the person who wins the election on November 3rd to nominate the justice.”

“That’s a poll. That’s not the Constitution,” Tapper clapped back.

“By trying – that is their constitutional – there is a process of constitutional advise and consent. The American people get to have their say by voting for president, by voting for senators,” she explained. “We are now 23 days from the election –”

“Right, but it’s not unconstitutional,” the CNN host added.

“Again, millions of votes – they’re being, voters are being denied their constitutional right to have a say in this process – ” Bedingfield attempted to explain.

“The elected the Senate!” Tapper quipped back.

The Constitution is explicit in Article II Section 2 that the President nominates a person for Judge and the Senate is to offer “advice and consent.”

He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments. (emphasis ours)

There is no Constitutional requirement of when a President cannot appoint a Supreme Court Justice.

Bedingfield is trying to make the absolute ridiculous argument that the US and all of its laws under the Constitution have to stop because there is an election coming up.

We can whether the President should nominate now, but what cannot be argued is that the President fulfilling his legal duties under the Constitution is somehow “unConstitutional” because someone doesn’t like the timing.

The fact that Biden himself trotted out this ridiculous assertion says a great deal as well.

Biden touts his tenure in the Senate and his tenure as Vice President, but you would think that during all that time he would have read the daggone Constitution.

Apparently not.

People fall for lies all the time. One of the things that candidates and political parties do is repeat the same lies over and over hoping that by repetition, people will believe the lies that they tell.

Due to the amount of coverage of campaigns, the rise of “fact checking” and “fact checkers” have arisen. Sites breathlessly try to determine whether something a candidate said is true or not. (That assumes, of course, that the “fact checker” and “fact checking” site are telling the trith.)

However, you don’t need someone else to check the truthfulness of Biden’s and Bedingfield’s statement. This is an easy one for everyone to take 10 seconds to figure out.

Biden and Bedingfield are not telling the truth.

Even more troubling, if this is how they treat the Constitution, how will they treat it if elected?

One Response to “Jake Tapper: “It’s Not Unconstitutional.””

  1. Luke says:

    A shame that more folks hear all these lies and believe them because that’s all they hear from the biased media. The president is required by the constitution to name replacements for the Supreme Court when vacancies come up, so Trump has fulfilled his constitional obligation as the elected president. Now it is up to the currently elected senate to confirm (or not) the presidents recommendation. Just because the liberals don’t like the timing doesn’t make it unconstitutional, but they’ll keep repeating that mantra through the election cycle hoping that a large number of uninformed voters and people who don’t care for Trumps style will believe it. It’s sad that our elected officials and media are outright lying on this. It shows just how big the lie is when even CNN calls them out on it.