Democrats have long threatened to pack the Supreme Court with additional activist judges that would do the left’s bidding without hesitation. Now that the court appears poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, Democrats are ignoring Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s belief that nine is “a good number,” and calling for adding extra justices.
On the campaign trail, Biden repeatedly refused to state his beliefs about court-packing. While he once called the unprecedented practice a “bonehead idea,” he did create a court-packing commission to evaluate just how useful it would be to his administration to add justices.
That commission later admitted its members “are divided on whether Court expansion would be wise.”
Meanwhile, here are the Democrats who are using the leaked Dobbs opinion to demand that Biden and Congress pack the Supreme Court.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has long advocated for his party to exercise their “constitutional right” to pack the court when the time is right. Now that Roe is on the line, Schumer said it’s time to act.
“Given the conservative court majority is likely to be around for a while, do Democrats need to look more seriously at court expansion?” a reporter asked Schumer earlier this week.
“Look, the bottom line is our first step is to have the vote that we’re going to have next week. And the bottom line is that we’re going to look to these elections in November. And I think it’s going to, the American people are going to speak loudly and clearly that we need some change,” Schumer replied.
In addition to claiming that the Supreme Court is “stolen, illegitimate, and far-right,” Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts said the Dobbs leak confirmed his belief that Democrats must swiftly “expand the court.”
“There is no other recourse,” he tweeted.
“Overturning Roe would put the lives of women across the country at risk. It would fly in the face of decades of precedent and the overwhelming majority of public opinion. And they will not stop here. Expand the court,” she tweeted.
Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff went so far as to claim that “codifying Roe isn’t enough” to satisfy the left’s abortion agenda.
“We must expand the court,” he tweeted.
“Expand the Court. The lives of women across this country depend on it,” Rep. Mondaire Jones of New York tweeted.
“C’mon Senate. Expand the Court. End the Filibuster. Codify Roe. Protect people’s rights!” Rep. Jamaal Bowman of New York tweeted.
Rep. Andy Levin of Michigan said that any action less than abolishing the filibuster, codifying Roe, and expanding the Supreme Court is “empty rhetoric.”
“This unprecedented act warrants an unprecedented response. Democrats control the White House, the Senate, and the House of Representatives. End the Filibuster. Expand the Court. Remove Clarence Thomas. Do whatever it takes to guarantee free abortion care as a fundamental right,” a Washington D.C. councilwoman tweeted.
“The road to Roe goes through Wisconsin. I can beat Ron Johnson and deliver a working majority to the US Senate. Together, we will eliminate the filibuster, codify Roe and expand the court,” tweeted Tom Nelson, a Democrat Senate candidate in Wisconsin.
Demand Justice, an activist organization led by Hillary Clinton’s former campaign press secretary Brian Fallon, also jumped on the court-packing bandwagon. According to an email to supporters this week, Demand Justice claimed that adding extra SCOTUS justices is the “clearest solution” to keeping abortion in the U.S. and urged supporters to demand court-packing action from Congress.
Star Trek star George Takei said Democrats should “expand the court” if the conservative justices who appeared to side with the majority of the court to overturn Roe can’t be impeached.
“They’re coming for same-sex marriage next. Expand the court,” John Pavlovitz, a progressive pastor, quipped.
Over the last week, Democrats have made their intentions clear. If the Supreme Court does indeed decide to overturn Roe, leftists will do everything in their power, including destroying the American judicial system, to get their way.
Jordan Boyd is a staff writer at The Federalist and co-producer of The Federalist Radio Hour. Her work has also been featured in The Daily Wire and Fox News. Jordan graduated from Baylor University where she majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow her on Twitter @jordanboydtx.