Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris was criticized for her debate “history lesson” involving President Abraham Lincoln’s alleged decision to wait until after the election to fill a Supreme Court vacancy, the Washington Examiner reports.
When a debate topic got sidetracked into a conversation about packing the Supreme Court and when to fill the seat of late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Harris began discussing a similar situation that occurred in 1864 when Lincoln was president.
“In 1864 … Abraham Lincoln was up for reelection,” Harris said. “And it was 27 days before the election. And a seat became open on the United States Supreme Court. Abraham Lincoln’s party was in charge not only of the White House but the Senate. But Honest Abe said, ‘It’s not the right thing to do. The American people deserve to make the decision about who will be the next president of the United States, and then that person will be able to select who will serve on the highest court of the land.’”
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