Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) sent a Saturday fundraising touting the idea of expanding the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) while praising President Joe Biden’s recent SCOTUS nominee.
“Congress has expanded the Supreme Court seven times before,” the subject line of the email said. “It’s now time for the eighth.”
Warren, a failed presidential candidate and known progressive Democrat, has been pushing to pack the Supreme Court with liberal justices alongside her far left, progressive U.S. House colleagues.
“I’m very happy about Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination to the Supreme Court,” the fundraising email said. “She is an exceptional choice, and I’m so ready to celebrate her making history as the first Black woman justice.”
But that is not enough for the senator from Massachusetts.
“Understand this: Mitch McConnell has already installed a 6-3 super-majority, so it’s going to take much more than this single nomination to rebalance the Court and prevent Republican extremists from further damaging our democracy,” the email said.
During President Donald Trump’s tenure, he appointed three justices to the nation’s highest court – Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett – all of whom Warren describes as “extremists.”
She labeled them that way in a December opinion piece in The Boston Globe, too, signaling her fear that with the current makeup of the court, the infamous abortion case Roe v. Wade, which essentially legalized abortion on-demand nationwide, would be overturned.
“This month, a majority of justices on the United States Supreme Court signaled their willingness to gut one of the court’s most important decisions over the past century, threatening to eliminate Roe v. Wade and a person’s right to choose,” that piece said. “This is not the first time this extremist court has threatened, or outright dismantled, fundamental rights in this country. For years, the Supreme Court’s conservative majority — recently supercharged to 6-3 — has issued decision after decision that veers away from both basic principles of law and widely held public opinion.”
A case out of Mississippi is pending before the court that could put a significant dent in the abortion access provided by Roe V. Wade.
Since Trump appointed his three justices, the balance of power on the Supreme Court has been viewed as six to three in favor of conservatives.
Instead of letting the process play out as normal (SCOTUS justices are appointed to lifetime terms) Democrats have sought to change the rules by adding more justices.
They are also exploring ways to end lifetime appointments.
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