‘Out of the Ash Heap of History:’ McConnell Destroys Dems’ ‘Absurd Notion’ of Packing Supreme Court

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) took aim at the Democrats while speaking on the Senate floor Thursday, destroying their idea of packing the Supreme Court and saying it was ripped “out of the ash heap of history,” according to The Hill.

The top Republican in the Senate fired off at Democrats on Thursday, lambasting the party’s debate over adding more justices to the Supreme Court as an “absurd notion” driven by the anger of losing to Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election.

“The idea that Democrats sometimes lose presidential elections and that Republican presidents sometimes subsequently appoint Supreme Court justices is apparently no longer tolerated,” McConnell quipped.

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He continued on to slam the idea as a “radical proposal”:

“So out of the ash heap of history came this talk of ‘court packing.’ A notion that would threaten the rule of law and our American judicial system as we have long understood it. A truly radical proposal that has been dead and buried by bipartisan consensus for almost a century.”

McConnell also said Thursday that he hoped his colleagues “will have the courage to look these far-left agitators in the eye and tell them that some traditions and some institutions are more important than partisan point-scoring.”

The Kentucky Republican continued on to deliver a political Superman punch, saying that it would be “a pleasant surprise” to see “that kind of courageous statement.”

The Senate majority leader took shots on Twitter as well, slamming Senate Democrats as trying to “rewrite the rules of politics.”

The Senate majority leader’s comments come in light of an increasing number of 2020 Democratic presidential primary candidates voicing their support for the idea, including Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.).

Rep. Mark Green (R-Tenn.) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) recently introduced into the House and Senate, respectively, constitutional amendments to limit the number of Supreme Court justices to nine.


  1. I was hoping for a 2020 campaign that was NOT a repeat of 2016 absurd campaign statements. Mexico was never going to pay for the wall–they said so in real time. Congress was never going to pass an increase in the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15.

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