The Associated Press described Democrats’ proposal to “pack” the Supreme Court with liberal justices in new seats as merely an effort to “depoliticize” it in a report on Saturday.
— Byron York (@ByronYork) October 11, 2020
For more than a year, Democrats have proposed “packing” the Supreme Court by adding more justices, increasing the total from the current nine to at least eleven, and then filling the seats with liberals.
Those calls have become louder and more intense in the days since the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Former Vice President Joe Biden and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), have refused to say whether they would pack the courts. On Friday, Biden went further, telling an interviewer that voters do not deserve to know his view before the election.
Court-packing is traditionally unpopular — so much so that Democrats opposed the idea when their own president, Franklin D. Roosevelt, proposed it in the 1930s.
Left-wing pundits have attempted to reframe the issue as merely “depoliticizing” the existing court.
Any Democrat who uses the term “court packing” to describe expanding the number of seats on the Supreme Court should be smacked upside the head. This is not only idiotic politics. More importantly it is wrong, incorrect, not what anyone is proposing.
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) October 11, 2020
The AP article in question was about the Senate race between Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D) and incumbent Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT). The issue of court-packing came up during a recent debate:
— Nathan Brand (@NathanBrandWA) October 11, 2020
The AP originally reported: “Bullock said that if Coney Barrett was confirmed, he would be open to measures to depoliticize the court, including adding judges to the bench, a practice critics have dubbed packing the courts.”
The AP later updated its article to note “to make clear that it is Bullock’s opinion, rather than a fact, that adding justices to the Supreme Court would depoliticize the court.”
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