Biden Hints at Supreme Court Changes if Elected

By: Georgia | Published: Jun 03, 2024

At a Philadelphia rally, Joe Biden laid out plans to reshape the Supreme Court, hinting at a progressive future if he secures another term. 

“The next president, they’re going to be able to appoint a couple of justices… Look, if in fact we’re able to change some of the justices when they retire and put in really progressive judges like we’ve always had, tell me that won’t change your life,” Biden passionately stated.

Trump's Lasting Impact on the Court

Biden didn’t hold back when speaking about the current conservative tilt of the Supreme Court, tracing it back to Donald Trump’s nominations.

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He sharply criticized these moves, saying they’re “Already gutting voting rights, overturning Roe, decimating affirmative action, and so much more.” 

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A Chance to Shape the Future

Joe Biden reflected on the rare opportunity to appoint Supreme Court justices, a chance that might come again if he’s re-elected. 

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Echoing Trump’s words from a past statement, Biden recalled, “You know many presidents never get the opportunity to appoint a Supreme Court justice. I had three, they are gold.”

Trump's Ambitious Plans for the Court

Donald Trump, looking ahead, has teased the possibility of further shaping the Supreme Court to reflect his conservative views. 

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In 2023, he boldly speculated about the future, saying, “And maybe we’ll get three or four more. Can you imagine? Let’s have seven. Let’s have seven or eight or maybe even nine.”

Biden Courts Black Voters

With the next election looming, Biden is keenly focusing on reconnecting with Black voters, a group pivotal to his 2020 victory. 

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His recent speeches aim to reinvigorate this crucial base as signs of diminishing support have emerged.

A Thank You to Loyal Voters

During a visit to Girard College, Biden, alongside Kamala Harris, expressed gratitude to Black voters for their role in his past victory. 

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He reminded them of his commitment, emphasizing, “Because you voted, I was able to keep my commitment to appoint the first Black woman on the United States Supreme Court—Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson.”

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Celebrating Diversity in Appointments

Proudly, Biden highlighted his record of appointing Black women to federal circuit courts, more than any of his predecessors. 

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This achievement not only speaks to his commitment to diversity but also to changing the face of the federal judiciary.

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Harris Critiques Trump’s Choices

Vice President Harris took a strong stand against the Supreme Court justices appointed under Trump, accusing them of being selected with a specific agenda to overturn Roe vs. Wade. 

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“He handpicked three members with the intention that they would overturn Roe vs. Wade,” she said, spotlighting the significant impact of these appointments.

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The High Stakes of Appointments

Biden and Harris are emphasizing the monumental stakes involved in Supreme Court appointments, pointing out how these choices reach far into America’s future. 

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“If he wins a second term, I promise you: He’s going to go even further,” Harris warned, suggesting the profound effects of another Trump presidency on the judiciary.

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Reflecting on the Judicial Shifts

Biden discussed how Trump’s appointees have dramatically shifted American jurisprudence, affecting everything from voting rights to abortion laws. 

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This transformation underscores the long-term implications of Supreme Court appointments.

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Biden's Judicial Vision

In his campaign speeches, Biden has reiterated his promise to appoint progressive justices to the Supreme Court, aiming to realign its conservative trajectory. 

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This commitment is central to his reelection campaign, symbolizing his vision for America’s judicial future.

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The Crucial Nature of the Election

Through his discussions about the Supreme Court, Biden has highlighted the profound importance of the upcoming election. 

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The results could shape American legal and social norms for generations, emphasizing why every vote matters in what promises to be a pivotal election year.

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