Always the politician, Joe Biden has teased a court-packing scheme since entering the White House nearly two years ago.
While publicly denying any intentions to expand the court with more justices, the cognitively deficient President has since signed executive orders “exploring” all options as the conservative majority court continues to deliver major victories to conservatives.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre made the comments while speaking to reporters Saturday aboard Air Force One en route to Germany for this year’s G-7 summit.
“So, I know I’ve…I was asked this question yesterday, and I’ve been asked it before — and I think the president himself…about expanding the court,” Jean-Pierre said. “That is something that the president does not agree with. That is not something that he wants to do.”
The Supreme Court is currently made up of six conservatives (Justices John Roberts, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett) and three liberals (Justices Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan, and Sonia Sotomayor).
In the aftermath of the court’s latest rulings, specifically its decision to overturn Roe, a growing chorus of progressive Democrats have begun calling for expanding the number of justices on the bench.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called for expanding the court over the weekend, as did Sens. Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren.
Here’s how Dems can + must do more than wait for an election.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 25, 2022
Let’s start w/ why:
– 7 of the 9 justices were appointed by a party that hasn’t won a popular vote more than once in 30 years
– 1 of those seats was stolen
– Several lied to Congress to secure their appointment…
A stolen, illegitimate, and far-right Supreme Court majority appears set to destroy the right to abortion, an essential right which protects the health, safety, and freedom of millions of Americans. There is no other recourse. We must expand the court.— Ed Markey (@SenMarkey) May 3, 2022
“This court has lost legitimacy. They have burned whatever legitimacy they may still have had after their gun decision, after their voting decision, after their union decision,” Warren said in an appearance on ABC’s This Week on Sunday.
Isn’t it crazy how Democrats will immediately call for a rule change the second they lose a political battle?
During the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, then-candidate Biden said multiple times he did not support packing the court, vowing in an interview with Iowa Starting Line that Democrats would “live to rue that day.”
During a primary debate, the then-Democratic front-runner warned that adding more justices to the nation’s highest bench was capable of backfiring, saying: “I would not get into court-packing. We add three justices. Next time around, we lose control, they add three justices. We begin to lose any credibility the court has at all.”
Facing pressure from progressives following a few months in office, however, Biden signed an executive order creating a commission to look into the matter. The commission would be “comprised of a bipartisan group of experts on the Court and the Court reform debate,” the White House said at the time.
It’s only a matter of time before the needle moves even closer and the Supreme Court becomes a bygone institution destroyed by crazed Democrat lawmakers.