'Pack the court' plan reflects Dems' desperation: Staver

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

U.S. Supreme Court w/ flagIt's looking like expanding the number of justices on the Supreme Court might be a campaign issue in the next presidential election.

Several of the Democrats running for their party's presidential nomination are open to the idea of putting more justices on the Supreme Court bench. That includes Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts), who told a radio show in February that Republicans "stole" a Supreme Court seat in refusing to take up President Barack Obama's nomination of Judge Merrick Garland in early 2016.

"Then they turn around and change the rules on filibuster on a Supreme Court seat," the senator continued. "So when it swings back to us, what are we going to do? My answer on that is: all the options are on the table."

In what may be an effort to one-up Senator Warren, Beto O'Rourke of Texas has more recently said that he wants to "explore" the idea of having 15 Supreme Court justices.

"What if there were five justices selected by Democrats, five justices selected by Republicans, and those ten then picked five more justices independent of those who chose the first ten?" he asked people at a coffee shop in Iowa.

Asked yesterday about the Democrats' calls to expand the Supreme Court, President Donald Trump vowed: "… It will never happen … It won't happen, I guarantee, it won't happen for six years."

Speaking about this on Tuesday on American Family Radio, Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, said the Democratic hopefuls are desperate.


"They see that the Supreme Court – the activist court, the politicized court that they have relied on for such things as abortion and same-sex 'marriage' – is changing," explained the attorney.

"And what [we] see is a new set of judges and justices at the Supreme Court who are committed to the rule of law – and [Democrats] don't like that; and they want to actually expand the number of seats on the court for the next potential Democratic president," Staver added.

While those Democratic hopefuls may describe the proposal as de-politicizing the court, Staver argued that's not true. "[In fact], they want to politicize the bench," he stated.

In response to the Democrats' plan, GOP Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida) has introduced legislation that would limit the high court to nine justices. "Court-packing is quickly becoming a litmus test for 2020 Democratic candidates as this ugly, winner-take-all rhetoric gains prominence in progressive circles," Rubio wrote.

The number of seats on the Supreme Court is a legislative matter; it is not one addressed in the U.S. Constitution.

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