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McConnell on Court-Packing: Responsible People Across the Political Spectrum Have a Duty to Denounce This

Posted on Thursday, April 15, 2021
by Outside Contributor

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding court-packing:

“Time and time again, prominent Democrats show they’re no longer content to work within the ground rules and norms of our institutions, but prefer to threaten the institutions themselves.

“We’ve seen it in presidential elections, where Democrats say our democracy is sacrosanct when they win, but illegitimate and broken if Republicans win.

“We’ve seen it with the Senate’s rules. Democrats just spent four years praising and using the legislative filibuster. But now that they hold the majority, they say it’s actually been intrinsically evil all along and must be scrapped.

“We’re seeing it right now with voting regulations, where the mere fact that sometimes Republicans win elections has Democrats wanting to rewrite all 50 states’ election laws here in Washington and turn the F.E.C. into a partisan body.

“And then there is the judiciary.

“In recent years, we’ve seen the Democratic Leader stand on the steps of the Court and threaten that specific justices, quote, ‘won’t know what hit them’ if they didn’t rule the way he wanted.

“We’ve seen a number of Democratic Senators send a threatening brief suggesting the Court might need to be ‘restructured’ if its rulings upset liberals.

“Last week, President Biden, who was marketed to the country as a moderate and an institutionalist, jumped in with both feet.

“He set up a pseudo-academic “commission” to ‘study’ the merits of packing the Supreme Court. Just an attempt to clothe this transparent power play in fake legitimacy.

“But alas, the far left cannot even wait for the fake theatrics of the fake study to play out.

“Today, Democrats in the Senate and House have announced they will once again threaten judicial independence from the steps of the Court.

“They’re introducing a bill to add 4 new seats to the Supreme Court so that Democrats can pack the Court, destroy its legitimacy, and guarantee the rulings liberals want.

“Across the ideological spectrum, top jurists have been outspoken on what a terrible idea court-packing would be.

“The late liberal icon, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, explicitly warned against court-packing, saying, quote, ‘if anything would make the Court appear partisan, it would be that.’ ‘Nine seems to be a good number.’

“Justice Stephen Breyer reaffirmed his own opposition just last week.

“The public, by the way, agrees. They see through this discredited concept. One survey late last year showed that a clear majority of Americans oppose packing the Supreme Court.

“But the farthest-left activists aren’t interested in the common good. They want power. And the same Democrats and the same corporate media that spent the last four years hyperventilating and declaring a new constitutional crisis was underway every 30 seconds seem to be perfectly content to play along.

“If Republicans had introduced a bill to add four Supreme Court seats for the last President to fill, there would have been weeks of wall-to-wall outrage on every newspaper and cable TV channel.

“Now it seems the main strategies are either to shrug and look the other way or to actively play along and lend credence.

“It’s not just about whether this insane bill becomes law. Part of the point here are the threats themselves.

“The left wants a sword dangling over the Justices when they weigh the facts in every case. As the Democratic Leader threatened just two years ago, Democrats want the Justices to know that they will ‘pay the price’ for rulings that Democrats don’t like.

“The left wants these swords dangling over the Senate, and state legislatures, and independent judges.

“The threats are the point. The hostage-taking is the point. And responsible people across the political spectrum have a duty to denounce this.”

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2 years ago

We need a cleansing of the morons from Congress and the Senate. For way too long, our legislature has been corrupt and our society has been infiltrated by Socialists/ Communists and people trying to bring down our nation with dis-information and keeping the public uninformed, uncultured and uneducated. The perfect scenario for propaganda and influence to destroy the best nation the world has ever known. Not perfect. Nothing is perfect. However, we have grown to overcome horrible mistakes as well as forging a better culture, until the insurrectionists in office drove a wedge into our culture for the “Divide and conquer” to begin. Here we are. We better turn this around now.

2 years ago

The Democrats scare the Republican leaders, too many of our Republican leaders are just weak. Do we see Mitch McConnell fighting for the American tax payer? Dangerous Joe and Nasty Nancy; I don’t get it. The rhino republicans let the dems have whatever they want……………

2 years ago

This is what the Democrats do so they can ensure there way to corrupt our system of justice by putting liberal judges on the Supreme Court so they can do away with parts of the constitution they don’t want. This is nothing but communism by the Democrats and those who allow this will never receive my vote. China Joe also know as Trader Joe and Dementia Joe is a total moron and I truly believe most Americans did not vote for this pie hole, they corrupted our voting system.

2 years ago

It has been said that there are also some Democrats in the House who don’t like the packing of the Supreme Court. All Republicans should be definitely!

Dolores Crawford McLaughlin
Dolores Crawford McLaughlin
2 years ago

To whom do we denounce this??? Who will listen and put a stop to this???

2 years ago

Too bad Republicans didn’t work this hard on doing something about the 2020 election sham…

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