Democrats running in the 2020 presidential election are mulling the idea of packing the Supreme Court, but possible 2020 contender and former Vice President Joe Biden burst Democrats’ bubble as he once called court packing a terrible idea.
After South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg first mentioned in a Fox News interview the idea of adding six more justices to the Supreme Court, other 2020 Democratic hopefuls have said they’re open to the idea as well, as IJR Red reported.
In a resurfaced video from a 1983 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Biden blasted packing the Supreme Court as a “bonehead idea,” The Washington Free Beacon first reported.
The hearing at the time was about former President Ronald Reagan and whether it was right to allow him to replace Commission on Civil Rights members — Biden equating it to former President Franklin Roosevelt’s previous proposal.
“President Roosevelt clearly had the right to send to the United States Senate and the United States Congress a proposal to pack the Court,” Biden said at the time. “It was totally within his right to do that — he violated no law, he was legalistically absolutely correct.”
“But it was a bonehead idea. It was a terrible, terrible mistake to make, and it put in question, for an entire decade, the independence of the most significant body — including the Congress in my view — the most significant body in this country, the Supreme Court of the United States of America.”
See what he had to say in the past:
As some Democrats weigh expanding the Supreme Court – flashback clip shows Joe Biden slamming court packing in 1983: “a terrible, terrible mistake”
Posted by Fox & Friends on Thursday, March 21, 2019
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is looking to slash down the 2020 Democrats’ hopes of court packing and “prevent the delegitimizing of the Supreme Court” as he’s introducing legislation to keep the Supreme Court at nine justices, as IJR Red reported.
“It is not inherently right just because the number of seats on the Supreme Court remains unchanged since 1869,” Rubio wrote in a Fox News op-ed. “But there is something inherently good and important about preventing the further destabilization of essential institutions.”