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Perhaps encouraged by Democratic senators in August warning the Supreme Court to “heal” itself or face restructuring, one progressive group has doubled down on advocating court-packing, while another liberal group this week released a “Supreme Court shortlist” of 32 prospective judicial nominees for a future Democratic president, filled mostly with activists but only a few judges.
It would appear that the left is increasingly focused on the Supreme Court, and many of the groups expressed annoyance that the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates—one of whom could be in a position to fill the next high court vacancy—have had little to say on the topic.
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Progressive groups Take Back the Court, Demand Justice, the Committee for a Fair Judiciary, the American Constitution Society, Women’s March, and Indivisible recently called on the news media to ask the 2020 presidential candidates about the Supreme Court.
Take Back the Court wants to expand the number of judges on the Supreme Court, asserting that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., illegitimately rigged the court in favor of President Donald Trump.
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“Expanding the court is the only way to restore credibility to the court,” Aaron Belkin, director of Take Back the Court, told The Daily Signal. “What Mitch McConnell did was very, very damaging to democracy.”
That was a reference to 2016, after the death of conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, when McConnell blocked Senate consideration of then-President Barack Obama’s nomination of federal appeals court Judge Merrick Garland to serve on the Supreme Court, pending the outcome of that year’s presidential election. That made it possible for Trump to fill the vacancy in 2017 with Justice Neil Gorsuch.
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The Republican-controlled Senate subsequently also confirmed Trump’s nomination of Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Belkin said there’s no such thing as an “objective” court and that it’s healthy for the public to...
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