“This has been a dream of the Left for decades, is to increase the number of judges on the court,” Lindsey Graham said of the threat by Senate Democrats to restructure the court.
“Pack them with liberal judges so the court can do through the legal system what they can’t do through the ballot box,” he continued.
“The dream of every leftist is to have a liberal court enacting laws from the bench. The dream of every conservative is to have judges who will interpret the law, not make the law. So when you hear expanding the court that is code for liberals packing the court.”
“Over my dead body, it’s not going to happen,” Sen. Graham said before adding,
“When they want to do away with the Electoral College, that’s telling every rural American to go to hell. That would mean that Los Angeles and New York would decide who’s the president, the Electoral College allows rural America to have a say about picking the president,” he said.
Fox News reported that the ominous and unusual warning was delivered on Monday as part of a brief filed in a case related to a New York City gun law. Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse, Richard Blumenthal, Mazie Hirono, Richard Durbin, and Kirsten Gillibrand, referenced rulings by the court’s conservative majority in claiming it is suffering from some sort of affliction which must be remedied.
“The Supreme Court is not well. And the people know it,” the brief said. “Perhaps the Court can heal itself before the public demands it be ‘restructured in order to reduce the influence of politics.’”
Dramatic changes to the Supreme Court have also been proposed by several Democrats vying for their party’s 2020 presidential nomination, with “court-packing” being a common — though highly controversial — suggestion.
Increasing the number of justices on the court would allow President Trump to shift the balance on the bench by loading up justices of his or her preference…
…The Democratic senators’ brief was filed in the case of New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. City of New York, which dealt with legal limitations on where gun owners could transport their licensed, locked, and unloaded firearms.
They are urging the court to stay out of the case brought by the NRA-backed group, claiming that because the city recently changed the law to ease restrictions, the push to the Supreme Court is part of an “industrial-strength influence campaign” to get the conservative majority to rule in favor of gun owners.