Democrat Senator Elizabeth Warren (MA) has asked for court-packing after Justice Breyer’s announced retirement from the United States Supreme Court.
In her tweet this Thursday, Warren thanked Joe Biden for his promise to hire the first black woman to the United States Supreme Court while pushing him to do even more. She said:
“Justice Breyer has a real public service record. I am very happy that Joe Biden will fill this seat by electing the first Black woman to our nation’s Supreme Court. And we should #ExpandTheCourt to give her four more new justices & rebalance this court.”
Court-packing involves adding on more justices to the United States Supreme Court in order to change the balance of power in favor of the nominating party. Currently, the Supreme Court has six justices appointed by the GOP and three appointed by Dems. If allowed, court-packing would destroy the independent judiciary as multiple presidents appoint as many justices they want to meet an ideological goal. It was a hardcore liberal cause ever since former President Donald Trump starting changing the balance of the court, with Justice Kavanaugh and going then hiring Justice Barrett to replace the now dead Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Ironically, neither Breyer nor Ginsburg supported the plan and condemned the idea at every turn.
In April of 2021, reports surfaced that Dems were working on laws that would add four more justices to the United States Supreme Court even after Justice Breyer stated that court-packing would harm all trust in America’s judiciary.
“If the public sees judges like ‘politicians in a robe,’ its confidence in their own courts, and the rule of law will only go down, diminishing the Supreme Court’s power, including its power to work as a ‘check’ on the other government branches,” Breyer said in his speech at Harvard Law. Later saying:
“The court’s ruling in the 2000 presidential case, Bush v. Gore, is usually referred to as one example of its favoritism in conservative causes. But the court would not hear cases that affected the political disagreements coming out of the 2020 Trump v. Biden election. It did support the constitutionality of Obamacare, the health care programs supported by liberals.”