Democrats are in an all-out panic.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing opened up a seat on the Supreme Court and the resulting fight could cost the Democrats everything.
And in response, Chuck Schumer issued this big threat over replacing Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The Democrats do not have much leverage in this fight.
Republicans only need 50 senators to support President Trump’s nominee which would allow Vice President Mike Pence to cast a tie-breaking 51st vote.
Democrats realized their only play in this spot is to frighten Republicans with unimaginable consequences for confirming Ginsburg’s replacement should Joe Biden win the 2020 election and Democrats seize back the majority in the Senate.
In a phone call with Senate Democrats, Chuck Schumer made it clear he was about to go nuclear if Democrats win back the majority as payback for the GOP confirming Ginsburg’s successor.
“If Leader McConnell and Senate Republicans move forward with this, then nothing is off the table for next year,” Schumer explained to his fellow Democrats. “Nothing is off the table.”
“Nothing is off the table” means packing the Supreme Court with additional liberal justices, ending the legislative filibuster, and granting statehood to Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico to create a permanent Democrat Senate majority by adding four new deep blue seats.
Shortly thereafter, Democrats in both houses of Congress echoed Schumer’s warning.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told reporters “we should leave all options on the table, including the number of Justices that are on the Supreme Court.”
“Mitch McConnell set the precedent. No Supreme Court vacancies filled in an election year. If he violates it, when Democrats control the Senate in the next Congress, we must abolish the filibuster and expand the Supreme Court,” Senator Markey wrote on social media.
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler also endorsed court packing as retribution for President Trump and the GOP confirming Ginsburg’s successor.
“If Sen. McConnell and @SenateGOP were to force through a nominee during the lame duck session—before a new Senate and President can take office—then the incoming Senate should immediately move to expand the Supreme Court. Filling the SCOTUS vacancy during a lame duck session, after the American people have voted for new leadership, is undemocratic and a clear violation of the public trust in elected officials. Congress would have to act and expanding the court would be the right place to start,” Chairman Nadler wrote.
But to many Republicans, these threats rang hollow.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell warned even before Ginsburg died that if Democrats won the majority, they would eliminate the filibuster, pack the Supreme Court and create four new Democrat Senate seats by making D.C. and Puerto Rico states.
Republicans shrugged at Schumer’s ultimatum because they figured you cannot threaten us with something you already planned to do.
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