We could be looking at a Supreme Court shakeup, but not in the way you think.
Some 2020 candidates are toying with the idea of expanding the Supreme Court. It’s not really something I ever thought we’d debate during this election cycle, but here we are. Liberals are still freaked out that President Trump has been able to nominate two right-leaning, Constitution-respecting individuals to the Supreme Court. Since those are lifelong appointments, there’s not much they can do to alter the past or change the court…except add more liberal justices.
Sens. Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand told POLITICO they would not rule out expanding the Supreme Court if elected president, showcasing a new level of interest in the Democratic field on an issue that has until recently remained on the fringes of debate.
Harris believes we’re on the verge of a “crisis,” and Gillibrand thinks Gorsuch is essentially illegitimate. She’s still hung up on Merrick Garland.
“It’s not just about expansion, it’s about depoliticizing the Supreme Court,” said Warren (D-Mass.), who mentioned bringing appellate judges onto Supreme Court cases as an option.
They’re not even trying to hide it. They say they want to “depoliticize” the Supreme Court, and they’re going to do that by making the politically-motivated decision to add more liberal justices. Makes sense.
“It’s a conversation that’s worth having,” she added.
Their comments come after South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke suggested they might support expanding the high court as part of their bids to win the Democratic nomination.
Cory Booker, however, isn’t a huge fan of the idea.
“I’m open to these kind of conversations, but I really caution people about doing things that become a tit for tat throughout history,” Booker said. “So when the Democrats expand it to 11, 12 judges, when Republicans have it, they expand it to 15 judges.”
He’s not wrong.
This is definitely something that will probably come up in future debates and conversations.
Imagine if Trump wins in 2020, and he gets to nominate yet another justice. Mass. MELTDOWNS.