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Report: Democrats Are Seriously Looking at Packing the Supreme Court

Bested by Republicans in recent years, Democrats are looking at ways they can reshape the court outside of traditional means.

By NTK Staff | 05.31.2019 @10:49am
Report: Democrats Are Seriously Looking at Packing the Supreme Court

Desperate to somehow retake the majority on the Supreme Court, Democrats are reportedly taking a serious look at options to “pack” the highest court in the land with liberal justices.

After Senate Republicans blocked President Obama’s pick to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia and subsequently confirmed two justices under President Trump, Democrats are nervous about potential retirements or deaths among the remaining liberal justices.

“The idea is unlikely to succeed for historical and practical reasons,” according to CNN’s Joan Biskupic, but it’s a reflection of the desperation among Democrats in the Trump era.

“Everyone’s been worried about ‘Will the Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade,'” California Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris told a Los Angeles audience earlier this month.

Harris said she was open to adding more justices. “I think it’s a conversation that we need to have. I am open to increasing the numbers on the Supreme Court,” she said, responding to a woman who asked about enlarging the court and prefaced her question with a complaint that McConnell “stole a Supreme Court seat.”

But not every Democrat running for president is on board. Somewhat surprisingly, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has criticized the idea. In part, Sanders believes that Democrats packing the court today could lead to Republicans packing it tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Senate is confirming a massive number of lower-court judges during Trump’s term. Per CNN, Trump “has won Senate confirmation for 41 appeals court judges, more than twice the number that Obama saw confirmed by this point in his first term.”

As Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said this week, “everything else changes,” but judges can have a lasting conservative impact on the country for years to come.

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