‘If he votes in 2020, we’ll wrap up court in 2021’: Democrats threaten to wrap Supreme Court if Trump nomination goes through
- Trump urged the GOP-led Senate to consider his upcoming nomination ‘without delay’ to fill the seat vacated by Justice Ginsburg, who died Friday
- Since 1869, nine judges have served in the country’s highest court
- “ If he votes in 2020, we’ll hit court in 2021, ” Kennedy tweeted on Sunday
- President Franklin D. Roosevelt tried to fill the court with new judges in 1937 after seeing the setbacks at the Supreme Court deal for his New Deal initiatives
- That legislation was unpopular with the public and eventually stalled
Democrats have threatened to take the Supreme Court if Donald Trump’s nomination is upheld following the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The president urged the GOP-led Senate on Saturday to consider his upcoming nomination “ without delay ” to fill the seat vacated by Justice Ginsburg, who died Friday. The move comes just six weeks before the election.
Since 1869, nine judges have served in the country’s highest court.
Joe Kennedy III, who represents Massachusetts’s 4th Congressional District and is the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, tweeted Sunday, “If he keeps a vote in 2020, we’ll get to court in 2021. It’s that simple.”
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler wrote on Twitter: “ If Senator McConnell and @SenateGOP were to force a candidate into the lame-duck session – before a new Senate and President can take office – then the upcoming Senate should immediately move to expand the Supreme Court. . ‘
And Senator Ed Markey tweeted Friday, “Mitch McConnell set the precedent. No vacancies at the Supreme Court were filled in an election year.
“If he violates it, when Democrats control the Senate in the next Congress, we should abolish the filibuster and expand the Supreme Court.”
Senator Elizabeth Warren, Vice Presidential Candidate Kamala Harris and Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke had already suggested adding as many as six seats to the nine-seater, even before Ginberg’s death.
As long as the GOP has a majority in the Senate, it is unlikely that a Democratic president could add more judges. It would require an act of Congress to change the number on the Supreme Court.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt attempted to fill the court with new judges in 1937 after seeing the Supreme Court deal failing his New Deal initiatives. That legislation was unpopular with the public and eventually stalled.
Joe Kennedy III, who represents the 4th Congressional District of Massachusetts and is the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy
Kennedy III tweeted: “If he keeps a vote in 2020, we’ll take court in 2021. It’s that simple”