The president, on Tuesday, flat out dismissed the idea of packing the Supreme court. This idea has been floated by a number of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.
“No, I wouldn’t entertain that,” Trump said when he was asked if he would consider adding more justices to the Supreme Court to pre-empt Democrats. “We would have no interest in that whatsoever. It will never happen.”
Trump then said “the only reason” Democrats are talking about court packing is because they can’t “catch up” with Republicans “through the ballot box.”
ABC News tweeted this message: Pres. Trump says he “wouldn’t entertain” idea of adding seats to the Supreme Court. “I guarantee, it won’t happen for six years.”
— ABC News (@ABC) March 19, 2019
The idea of expanding the number of Supreme Court justices has risen as one of the lightning-rod issues in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary. A number of liberal activists and outside groups are pushing it as a way to counter what they believe is undue GOP influence over the high court.
Some of the players involved in the effort are South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) and former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D). They have both said they could support the idea.
Liberals are still intensely bitter over the Senate Republicans’ decision to block former President Obama’s final Supreme Court pick, Merrick Garland. They kept him from receiving a confirmation vote in 2016, while President Trump has already placed two new justices on the bench.
Do you agree with President Trump’s decision on this issue? Do you think that decision might change as we get closer to the election? We look forward to seeing your comments at the end of this article.
Credit: The Hill