During the VP debate, Kamala Harris claimed that ol’ Honest Abe refused to nominate a Supreme Court justice ahead of an election because it “wasn’t the right thing to do.” Harris said Lincoln refused to taint the court with the perception of political motives.
“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 can select who will serve for a lifetime and the highest court of our land,” Harris insisted on the debate stage. “And so, Joe and I are very clear, the American people are voting right now. And it should be their decision about who will serve on this most important body for a lifetime.” And this was a big fat lie. Harris should be ashamed for deliberately lying for her own political advantage!
The truth found in documented history says, ….when the
previous justice (Roger B. Taney) died and Lincoln was given the opportunity to fill his seat, the U.S. Senate was already out of session. THE SENATE WAS NOT IN SESSION! THEY COULD NOT VOTE ON IT. Lincoln could not move his nomination forward, end of the story. So Kamal Harris lied.
Even if the Senate was in session it’s doubtful that Lincoln would have tried to make an appointment because his party was divided by turmoil over the war issues. If he had suggested a new judge just before the election it could only serve to stir more trouble among the several Republican factions. Lincoln was worried that he was going to lose the election to Democrat ‘Peace” candidate, George McClellan. He did not want to risk needless fighting within his party ranks when he needed the vote of every Republican.
There’s the undeniable truth.