- The Washington Times - Friday, October 16, 2020

Joseph R. Biden’s ABC town hall event Thursday featured a question by “communications” expert Nathan Osburn — who served as a speechwriter during the Obama administration.

“Our country’s first Supreme Court gave its first ruling just two blocks from here from 1791 to 1800 and it’s become more polarized since then,” Mr. Osburn asked. “Merrick Garland didn’t get a hearing for all of 2016 and Amy Coney Barrett’s being pushed through at the last minute even though millions have already voted. So what do you think about ideas from people like Pete Buttigieg and others to put in place safeguards that will help insure more long term balance and stability? And what do you say to LBGTQ Americans and others who are very worried right now about erosions of their rights and our democracy as a whole?”

Fox News reported Friday that Mr. Osburn worked for the Office of Public Affairs at the Commerce Department under the Obama-Biden administration and at the Small Business Administration.

“I think there’s great reason to be concerned for the LGBT community, something I fought very hard for, for a long time, to make sure there’s equality across the board,” Mr. Biden replied.

The Democrat warned that President Trump would try to “get Obamacare wiped out” via the Supreme Court, but added that he has not historically been a fan of court-packing.

“So, you are still not a fan?” asked host George Stephanopoulos, a former communications director during the Clinton administration.

“Well, I’m not a fan,” Mr. Biden said. “I would then say, it depends on how this turns out, not how he wins, but how it’s handled, how it’s handled.”

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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