We rarely expect to hear any CNN personality fact-checking a Democrat, no matter how ridiculous the claim, so we were pleasantly surprised to see Jake Tapper pushing back on Biden campaign spokesperson Kate Bedingfield on Sunday. When Bedingfield insisted that it was somehow “not constitutional” for Senate Republicans to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, Tapper was taken aback.
“How is it not constitutional what they’re doing?” Tapper asked.
“His point is that the people have an opportunity to weigh in on this constitutional process through their vote,” Bedingfield said. “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 that they want the person who wins the election on November 3 to nominate the justice to take this seat.”
“That’s a poll,” Tapper noted. “That’s not the Constitution.”
“So, by trying to — that is their — there’s the constitutional process of advise and consent,” she stumbled. “The American people get to have their say by voting for president, by voting for senators. We are now 23 days from the election.”
Uh. The American people voted for their senators in 2018 and 2016, yes? The date of the next election isn’t arbitrary. It’s set in stone. You can’t just cut terms short because we’re “close” to an election. Furthermore, election day is election day, no matter how many people have already mailed in their ballots. That’s their fault for not waiting to see how things are going to play out.
In any case, as Tapper pointed out once more for the exceptionally hardheaded Bedingfield: “But it’s not unconstitutional.”
“Again, millions of — millions of votes, millions of votes, they’re being — voters are being denied their constitutional right to have a say in this process,” she said.
“They elected the Senate,” Tapper mused.
“The Republicans are trying to ram through a nominee, who, by the way, is going to change the makeup of the court,” she said. “And we see time and time again, poll after poll shows that most Americans vehemently disagree with this.”
“Again, Kate, that’s a poll,” Tapper said, growing weary. “That’s not what the word constitutional means. Constitutional doesn’t mean, I like it or I don’t like it. It means, it’s according to the U.S. Constitution. There’s nothing unconstitutional about what the U.S. Senate is doing.”
When Democrat Party propaganda runs into a brick wall on CNN, of all places, that’s when you know they don’t have a leg to stand on.