To Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the 2020 Democratic candidates’ proposals to pack the courts isn’t a good idea.
Several 2020 Democratic hopefuls have proposed that they would like to add justices to the Supreme Court — which has had nine justices since 1869.
“Nine seems to be a good number,” Ginsburg told NPR on Tuesday. “It’s been that way for a long time.”
Noting the Democratic contenders’ desire to increase the number of justices on the Supreme Court, Ginsburg called it a “bad idea,” suggesting it was just that when former President Franklin D. Roosevelt attempted to pack the court as well.
“If anything, it would make the court appear partisan it would be that,” she added. “One side saying, ‘When we’re in power [it] was only to enlarge the number of judges, so we will have more people who will vote the way we want them to.'”
Ginsburg declared that she was “not at all in favor of that solution to what I see as a temporary situation.”
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Leftist Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg rips Democrat presidential candidate advocating for packing the courts: “bad idea,” “partisan” pic.twitter.com/hMFgJLD74r
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South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg previously announced that he’d like to six additional justices if elected. Additionally, Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) are also considering proposals to pack the court.
Here’s where some of the 2020 Democrats stand on this:
- Buttigieg would like to “restructure the Court so that ten members are confirmed in the normal political fashion, with the other five promoted from the lower courts by unanimous agreement of the other ten,” his campaign website says
- Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) would have a Supreme Court term limit, so justice would serve 18-year terms
- Harris is “absolutely open” to adding more justices
- Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is opposed to changing the number of justices
“The left’s court packing proposal represents the latest shortsighted effort to undermine America’s confidence in our institutions and our democracy,” he wrote in a letter to his colleagues.