A group of Republican senators on Thursday spoke in front of the Supreme Court in opposition to court-packing, a response to legislation Democrats introduced at a press conference last week to do just that.
Sens. Ted Cruz., R-Texas, Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., railed against court-packing as an effort to “rig” the Supreme Court and pleaded with President Biden to buck “crazies” in his party who support the idea.
“Packing the court and tearing down the institutions that protect our rights is fundamentally wrong,” Cruz said. He said the court-packing plan would “destroy judicial independence.”
“They’re trying to rig the game… fix the system,” Cruz said.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX): "You didn't see Republicans when we had control of the Senate try to rig the game. You didn't see us try to pack the court." pic.twitter.com/reUU9WJU1d
— The Recount (@therecount) April 22, 2021
Cruz has been accused of “gaslighting” for saying Republicans never tried to “rig the game” by altering the size of the Supreme Court, a response to Democrats introducing legislation to expand the court to 13 judges.
Shortly after Cruz ended his speech a law student tried to have his “gotcha” moment. It did not go well for him.
One of my students came across Ted Cruz's anti-Court-packing press conference and naturally gave him hell … https://t.co/XBbmY0QEM7
— Josh Chafetz (@joshchafetz) April 22, 2021
The Democratic proposal would increase the number of Supreme Court justices from nine to 13. However, the proposal is unlikely to become reality soon since there does not appear to be enough support for it in Congress. And while President Joe Biden established a commission on court reforms earlier this month, he has indicated little support for the proposal in the past, at one point calling it a “bonehead idea.”
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