Preisdent Donald Trump lashed out at Democrats, claiming, without producing any evidence, that they had expressed a desire to expand the Supreme Court to 26 judges. The president said the late Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who passed away in September, would “strongly oppose” calls to expand the nation's supreme court.
"Now it turns out that the Democrats want to bring the court to court with 26 judges. That would be terrible and must be stopped. Even the justice system RBG was strongly against it! “The President wrote.
Now it turns out that the Democrats want to bring the pack of 26 judges to court. That would be terrible and must be stopped. Even Justice RBG was strongly against it!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 11, 2020
Democrats have struggled against the Republicans' hypocrisy in rushing to appoint a new Supreme Court Justice. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Quickly announced after Ginsburg died opening a vacancy to bring President Trump's nominees to the Senate for a confirmation hearing and vote. In 2016, McConnell Merrick Garland, former President Barack Obama's candidate for the Supreme Court, denied a hearing, arguing that it would be inappropriate for a president to appoint a new judiciary during an election year.
Ultimately, President Trump appointed then federal judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace Ginsburg. Barrett was re-elected ahead of the 2020 election and secured a Conservative majority in court.
Barrett received McConnell's confirmation before its confirmation. She was one of President Trump's finalists for the Supreme Court in 2018, the year he nominated Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh. She has received Conservative praise for being a reliable Conservative lawyer on issues related to abortion, immigration, and the Second Amendment.
While there is no limit to how many Supreme Court justices can sit, some critics, such as CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, have expressed doubts that the expansion of the court will become more important.
"Democrats are great at talking big, but we'll see if he and the other Democrats have the guts to do something," Toobin said in September. "If you take back control of the Senate, will you really add the two seats in the Supreme Court?" They are weak and they are wimps and they are scared. "
"There is a difference in how Democrats and Republicans fight these struggles, and we'll see if Democrats learn from Republicans here," Toobin continued. "Yes, it's interesting that Chuck Schumer said nothing was off the table, but that's not an obligation to do anything."
Alan is a New York-based writer, editor, and news junkie.