Kamala Harris takes heat for misleading statement about Abraham Lincoln's election year SCOTUS vacancy

Kamala Harris takes heat for misleading statement about Abraham Lincoln's election year SCOTUS vacancy


Democrat Kamala Harris took heat during the vice presidential debate for what some said was misleading information about President Abraham Lincoln’s decision to wait until after the election to fill a Supreme Court vacancy.

“I’m so glad we went through a little history lesson. Let’s do that a little more,” Harris said. “In 1864 … Abraham Lincoln was up for reelection. 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.’”

The argument was called into question by Gillian Brockell of the Washington Post,

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