Democrat Senator Ed Markey told reporters on Wednesday that former President Trump and Senator Mitch McConnell “stole” two Supreme Court seats, referring to Justices Amy Coney Barrett and Neil Gorsuch.
Fox News reports:
“Let’s be clear, Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell pulled off one of the greatest heists in the history of the United States,” he said to applause. “Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell stole two Supreme Court seats from the American people.”
“First they created a precedent out of thin air claiming that there could be no Supreme Court confirmations during a presidential year,” Markey said Wednesday. “Then just days before the 2020 presidential election, they broke their own rule … in order to confirm Amy Coney Barrett.”
Barrett was nominated by Trump in September 2020, just one week after the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Despite previous actions taken by the GOP to block a Supreme Court appointment during an election year, she was confirmed to the high court one week before the 2020 presidential election.
This isn’t the first time Democrats have attempted to claim Supreme Court seats were “stolen” from them. In retaliation, some Democrats have pushed to pack the Supreme Court, a term for expanding the number of justices for political purposes but so far their efforts have gone nowhere.
President Biden formed a bipartisan committee to explore the possibility of packing the Court but the committee has already recommended against the notion.