Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden is refusing to reject Supreme Court packing, reversing his long-standing position, leaving many to question whether he’s preparing to cave to far-left progressives.
This week, both Joe Biden and his campaign refused to reject the idea of packing the Supreme Court if he were elected. Biden’s running mate Kamala Harris also wouldn’t answer questions about court packing.
Biden previously denounced court-packing as a “bonehead idea,” a “power grab,” and “damaging”and said it would hurt the Supreme Court’s “credibility”. Last October Biden said: “I would not get into court packing … We begin to lose any credibility the court has at all.”
Meanwhile, Biden’s running mate, Kamala Harris, has said she is willing to ignore historical precedent and add more Justices to the Supreme Court. “I’m open to this conversation about extending the number of people in the United States Supreme Court,” Harris has said.
Even as radical progressives and far-left activists want to pack the Court, many Democrats and liberals have openly admitted court packing is a bad idea.
- Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: “I am not at all in favor of that solution.”
- Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT): “I think [court packing] is not the ultimate solution.”
- Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL): “Seventy-five years ago, we went through this … and I think the Congress was correct in stopping this…”
- Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ): “We have a long tradition of nine jurists, and we should be very sober before we start tinkering with things like that.”
- Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT): “Where does it stop?”
- Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI): “Simply expanding the numbers of Supreme Court justices we have doesn’t solve the problem.”
- Former Rep. John Delaney (D-MD): “I kind of think these norms actually matter … Court packing goes against that and it just leads you down this terrible path where each side then does it and where does it end.”
- New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (D): “I do not think expanding the Supreme Court makes sense”
- Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe: “I think court packing is a bad idea”