Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell cited “fake news” and then lambasted the media in a press conference for failing to accurately report on Democrats’ efforts to move forward on packing the Supreme Court.
“I’ve never been one to complain about fake news. But I want to start with the total frustration on the coverage that most of you have engaged with in regard to the issue of expanding the Supreme Court,” McConnell remarked.
McConnell specifically referenced the two leading liberal Supreme Court justices in recent memory, Stephen Breyer and the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who have contended that the number seated on the high court should remain at nine justices.
“And yet I read story after story after story that do not mention that Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer, two of the most important liberals in modern time, are opposed to court-packing,” McConnell lamented.
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“Nine seems to be a good number. It’s been that way for a long time,” Ginsburg stated in a July 2019 interview. “I think it was a bad idea when President Franklin Roosevelt tried to pack the court.”
McConnell asked reporters, “why don’t you include in these objective analyses of this issue that fact?”
President Biden recently issued an executive order that formed a bipartisan 36-member commission tasked with studying suggested reforms to the Supreme Court. Potential options included not only expanding the number of justices but whether or not they should retain a lifetime appointment. The group has 180 days from its first meeting to finish the final report and submit it to the President.
McConnell is not buying the “faux-academic study of a nonexistent problem.”
“This new court-packing commission is not some serious pivot away from Democrats’ political attacks on the Court,” McConnell noted earlier. “It’s just an attempt to clothe those attacks in fake legitimacy.”
Democrats keep showing they don’t care about norms and institutions, only power. The latest example: a bill to pack the Supreme Court and destroy its legitimacy to guarantee the rulings liberals want.
— Leader McConnell (@LeaderMcConnell) April 15, 2021
House Democrats, led by Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) followed up on Biden’s executive order with the introduction of a bill that would add four more justices to the Supreme Court.
“As our country has grown, so too should our Supreme Court,” Nadler remarked in a press release. “Thirteen justices for thirteen (judicial) circuits is a logical progression, and that is why I am glad to join my colleagues in introducing the Judiciary Act of 2021.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) addressed the issue at a news conference last week, claiming that she has no immediate plans to bring that bill to the floor: “I think it’s an idea that should be considered, and I think the president is taking the right approach to have a commission to study such a thing. It’s a big step. It’s not out of the question. It has been done before, in the history of our country, a long time ago,” Pelosi pontificated. “And, the growth of our country, the size of our country, the growth of our challenges in terms of the economy, etc., might necessitate such a thing. But, to answer your question: I have no plans to bring it to the floor.”
During the Trump administration and with McConnell’s guidance, Justices Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett were all confirmed to the Supreme Court. Under McConnell’s watch, the number of new conservative circuit court judges also exploded.
“As I’ve said many times, our work with the administration to renew our federal courts is not a partisan or political victory,” McConnell declared last June after accomplishing his 200th judicial appointment. “It is a victory for the rule of law and for the Constitution itself. If judges applying the law and the Constitution as they’re written strikes any of our colleagues as a threat to their political agenda, then the problem, I would argue, is with their agenda.”
McConnell and Republicans, in general, are frustrated by the press seemingly giving Biden a pass on important issues such as packing the Supreme Court.
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