Several Democratic Party legislators threatened on Saturday, Sept. 19, to expand the Supreme Court and increase judges’ numbers. The move is to pressure President Donald Trump and the Republican Senate as they seek to fill the vacancy left by the recently deceased Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, on the Supreme Court.
The vacancy left by Ginsburg could allow a change that would favor President Donald Trump and the Republican Party on the Supreme Court.
On Aug. 11, during an interview with conservative commentator Hugh Hewitt, the president confirmed that he would not hesitate to replace a Supreme Court vacancy if it occurred before the election.
“You know,” said the president, “I don’t know what you’re talking about, time, but if you’re talking about if something would happen now, no, I would move quickly. Why not? I mean, they would. The Democrats would if they were in this position,” he added.
House Judiciary Committee Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), said, “If Senator McConnell and the Senate Republican Party were to force a nominee during the lame-duck session before a new Senate and President can take office, then the incoming Senate should immediately expand the Supreme Court.
“Congress would have to act and expand the court, it would be the right place to start,” Nadler added, as reported by Breitbart News.
Democrats are mobilizing to prevent President Donald Trump from filling the Supreme Court vacancy and changing the court’s balance by establishing a conservative majority of 6 to 3.
As Breitbart News points out, Democrats are trying to keep the seat available until January next year, hoping that former vice president and Democratic candidate Joe Biden will win the November election and be able to nominate his own candidate for office.
The Supreme Court has had a total of nine justices in more than 150 years, but according to National Public Radio (NPR), the Constitution does not require nine since Congress sets the number.
As constitutional scholars explained to NPR, if Republicans push through a new judge and then lose the Senate and the presidency in the next election, Democrats will face tremendous political pressure from their base to fill the courts.
On Saturday morning, President Trump promised to nominate a new judge without delay.
“We were put in this position of power and importance to make decisions for the people who so proudly elected us, the most important of which has long been considered to be the selection of United States Supreme Court Justices. We have this obligation, without delay!” he wrote on his Twitter account.
The Conservatives rejected the idea of expanding and filling the Supreme Court on Saturday. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-Tenn.) said filling the court would be “dangerous” and undermine it as an institution.
“Packing the court is a dangerous and short-sighted idea that will delegitimize our institutions, and that is what the Democrats are threatening to do if they don’t get their way,” Fleischmann wrote in a tweet.
Rich Lowry, the editor of the conservative magazine, National Review, said, “Packing the court would be a bigger blow to standards, legitimacy, and our system of government than ‘anything’ Trump has said or done,” as reported by The Daily Caller.