Democrats Were Terrified Trump Would Pack the Court, Now They’re Doing It Themselves

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Since Trump was elected as President Democrats have decried him as a right-wing power-hungry dictator with the sole mission to destroy our nation’s most sacred democratic institutions. The left claimed that because Trump appointed three new justices during his term he was packing the Supreme Court, something the left said is underhanded and only serves to undermine democracy. However, now that Democrats are in control of the White House and both chambers of Congress they conveniently find the idea of court-packing as the only fair way to balance the scales.

Democrats are planning to introduce a bill Thursday which seeks to add four seats to the Supreme Court, upping the number of justices on the bench to 13 instead of the current 9. The bill is being proposed by Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass.; House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y.; Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga.; and Rep. Mondaire Jones, D-N.Y.

The Intercept reports:

The number of justices on the court, which is set by Congress, has fluctuated throughout the course of the nation’s history, reaching as many as 10 seats before settling on nine in 1869. In 2016, Sen. Ted Cruz suggested that if Hillary Clinton were elected, the Republican Senate should keep Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat empty, effectively bringing the number of justices down to eight.

Republicans currently hold six seats, while Democrats hold just three. Republicans were able to solidify control of the court under former President Donald Trump, after first refusing to advance Merrick Garland’s nomination under former President Barack Obama and then confirming Justice Neil Gorsuch after Trump’s election. Then after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died last September, Republicans threw out the procedures they had previously embraced and confirmed Justice Amy Coney Barrett in a matter of weeks.

After Trump’s nomination of Coney Barrett, then-Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer faced pressure to stop her confirmation by any means necessary. When those myriad options fell short and Coney Barrett was pushed through, the conversation turned to expanding the court.

“Not only do these extremist judges threaten more than a century of progressive achievements,” read a letter to Schumer by 20 New York elected officials, “they threaten to foreclose the possibility of any future progress under a Democratic administration.”

The bill has a slim chance of passing in the House with Democrats holding a slim majority. Moderate Senate Democrat Joe Manchin has also previously said he opposes court-packing. Other Democrat leaders like President Biden and late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg have also previously opposed the idea of court-packing.

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      1. And if the citizenry doesn’t hurry and grow some nuts and stop this fraudulent government, it’s only going to get worse !!!

    1. Democrats do not have any idea how to respect and honor their oaths they took to support and defend our Constitution. POWER is all they care about, MONEY MONEY MONEY. I wonder what their children and family will think of them and how they have destroyed what they were supposed to be left by this generation.

  1. This is an insane idea put forth by democrats who desire to make our nation a socialist country. I pray that members of the congress and senate will defeat the effort,

    1. If the Senate and Congress approve adding Justices, then it is time to storm the Capital, drag the traiters out and hang them all for treason! Since they have hand selected the members of the soldiers to guard the Capital forming their on Gestopo, the people will need to be heavily armed. I wish I was younger, I am to old and to disabled to fight, but they will have my support, all that I can give.

      1. We can not do that they will kill us. Remember we are already called domestic terrorists and we are the most hated group in America. Personally I believe it is over for this country what is happening now is to so bad and we have no way to stop it.

    2. it is very calculated and will enable the dems to never lose a case. Actually quite smart. The demonic want to destroy the country and they will succeed because taking away the Philly buster and than the rest. We allowed it to happen because the republican party has too many traitors among themselves and are not aggressive enough. Many of them are also being bought by big money.

  2. The Democrats are totally unaccountable for anything, they are doing whats right in their own eyes, regardless of who it hurts or how it changes the country. They are the One World Globalists who must continue a crisis to succeed.

  3. This proves, still again (if any further proof is necessary) that Democrats are lying bastards, and deserve to be deported to Communist China, or some other dictatorship.

    1. China already owns them, they are bought and payed for long ago. Why do you think they hate Trump so much. He was costing them all money, including all the RHINOS like Mitch McConnell who launders the pay offs from China through his family.

  4. I am listening to the committee members defend packing the court by blaming the Republicans of breaking all norms and stealing 2 SCOTUS seats. I honestly don’t think there is any limit to their dishonesty and outright power grabbing.

  5. Should the demoncrats be successful in this power grab, I would suggest that when and if the GOP should ever have the upper hand (which is dubious considered our fake elections) that they add 10 more justices —- or why not make it 20! these demoncrats are like spoiled brats always wanting to change the rules or throw tantrums when things don’t go their way —— remember when they had a sit down protest at the front of the congressional chambers? How infantile!

  6. I wonder just how far these politicians think they can push our people before there is a true revolution. That may seem far fetched just as it may have seemed back in 1775. One day they may pile on that last straw and break the camel back.

  7. The day they place four more americJustices on the bench, is the day that it is time for the second Civil, this time for a just cause! It be the time for patriots to rise COMMIE up and restore America to the values Americans cherish. They have eliminate free speech through cancel culture with help of big Tech and corporations that are running the Democrat Party in coordination with COMMIE CHINA. THEY HAVE COMMITED TREASON ALREADY! THAT UNDERMINING OF THE SUPREME COURT IS THE STRAW THAT BREAKS THE CAMELS BACK.

  8. Since the Democrats care nothing about the Constitution or even our laws. All they care about is keeping their power and nothing about America or the American People.

  9. Thank you Republicans for fighting so hard and having Trumps back , now you can enjoy the rewards for all your hard work and dedication……..thanks

  10. I wonder, do democrats have no children, grandchildren, extended family and friends? Well they act like they do not. Who knows, maybe they do not. However, who in the name of God would like to leave a destroyed and 3rd world country in place of the free republic we have been blessed to live in for many years. This surely will not be what anyone beyond these couple of years will enjoy. Pure hell will be left and freedoms gone and who knows what other EVIL will await our kids. Pray for our country and pray that we do not leave a total place of HELL for them.

  11. You can contact your two Senators and Represenative/Congressmen/woman through their official website.

  12. The insanity if thinking it matters when the corrupt “republican majority” scotus rules there was no proof of voter fraud. We didn’t see the videos of observers being kicked out, voting polls hiding what was inside with carton boxes, 2 million votes for Biden at 3AM when everything was closed. Nope none of that happened. They’re all corrupt. It’s we the people vs polticians all of them.

    1. John Smith, you are right about ALL of them. It is us against them. There is not one honest man or woman among our politicians. We need to try each one, if convicted, hung by the neck until dead.

  13. I cannot get my head around the apparent fact that 67-70 million Democrats can abide what is being done to our Country by the Democratic Administration without a peep.
    Further, I find it hard to believe that there are no, I mean not any, Democratic Congresspersons that will stand up for America
    and they would rather trash it than lose their power and disappoint Pigosi and Upchuck.
    Who’da thunk it?

  14. The dems are so AFRAID of Trump, BECAUSE “THE PEOPLE” stand behind him! ALL these “executive orders” by Biden WILL be rescinded in a “heartbeat” , since NONE of”them” are Constitutional & will NOT stand up in a “legitimate” Court. This “nitwit” is just doing “what” his handlers “say” & it’s ALL Obamas “people” in the White House now.” HOW DUMB” do “they” THINK that America is? NOT AS DUMB AS “THEY” “THINK” WE ARE!

  15. I anybody really surprised. A lying cheating bunch of monsters are the democrats and do opposite of what they say. The most corrupt pervert in the white house was a loser the day he was born.

  16. Call, write and email your elected representatives OF BOTH PARTIES and AT ALL LEVELS and tell them you oppose what Democrats are attempting to do, flood their offices. Be civil, be polite, but make it known you do not approve. Ask your Republican representatives to FIGHT against this treason. Ask your Democrat representatives why they have strayed so far from the party that JFK personified. Ask them why they now embrace Marxism and why they are working so hard to subvert the Constitution they swore to defend. Remind them that your voice and your vote count.
    We need our representatives, no matter which party, to know that the majority of Americans DO NOT approve of what Democrats are doing.

  17. In packing the court, Dumb Dems will do better, if they all receive shock treatment, and nominate their candidates on the basis of competency rather than equity and ideology.
    Otherwise, they will singularly and collectively annihilate and fail the Nation.

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