Democrats considering radical options if Trump's Supreme Court nominee is confirmed

by Laura Mize · Sep 22nd, 2020 3:16 pm

Last Updated Sep 23rd, 2020 at 11:00 pm

Democrat politicians are floating a variety of radical responses to implement starting in 2021 if President Trump succeeds in getting another conservative justice on the Supreme Court this year and Democrats regain control of the Senate in the 2020 election.

When asked in a recent TV news interview about impeaching Attorney General William Barr or impeaching Trump again, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said she did not rule out the possibility.

"Well, we have our options. We have arrows in our quiver that I'm not about to discuss right now," Pelosi said.

Reps. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and Joe Kennedy III (D-MA), among others, both have vocally supported the idea of adding more justices to the Supreme Court in order to regain a majority over conservative justices.

Biden and the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg both have expressed that they do not support the strategy of "packing the court."

Democrats also are discussing adding Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico as states, with one person even bringing up adding Guam as a state, Axios reports.

Former President Barack Obama spoke earlier this year about eliminating the requirement of a supermajority of 60 Senate members in order to overcome a filibuster. A filibuster is a method of delaying Senate vote on a matter, and Democrats do not want to have to convince 60 members to end a filibuster.

"If President Biden wants to get things done, he can't play around with the filibuster," former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told NBC News. "So I think that should be the first item of business with a Senate majority which is Democratic — to get rid of the filibuster."


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