Some prominent voices on the left are having a hard time accepting the reality that the Republican-led U.S. Senate is poised to confirm President Donald Trump’s pick to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death last week.
CNN host Don Lemon provided one example during Monday’s broadcast of his nightly program, which he introduced by declaring that Democrats need to “blow up the entire system” in the U.S. if successful in regaining control after Election Day, as reported by The Washington Times.
“Get rid of the electoral college”
The shocking remark came during the live on-air handoff from lead-in host Chris Cuomo to Lemon.
Though this banter is often lighthearted, the partisan battle over how and when to confirm Ginsburg’s replacement led Lemon to take a more serious tone from the very beginning.
He declared that the situation called for extreme measures by Democratic Party leaders if Joe Biden is elected president and Democrats take control of the Senate. Among the options that should be on the table, Lemon argued, are abolishing the electoral college and adding new seats to federal courts, thus tilting the judicial branch firmly to the left.
“We’re going to have to blow up the entire system,” he claimed, according to the Times. “And you know what we’re going to have to do? … You’re going to have to get rid of the electoral college because the minority in this country decides who the judges are and they decide who the president is. Is that fair?”
Cuomo attempted to moderate the dialogue, reminding his colleague that a constitutional amendment would be required to make such a change possible.
“And if Democrats — if Joe Biden wins — Democrats can stack the courts and they can do that amendment and they can get it passed,” Lemon responded.
“Nothing is off the table”
Cuomo again expressed incredulity regarding the likelihood of that scenario, citing the two-thirds majority in Congress and three-fourths majority of states needed to approve an amendment.
“They may be able to do that,” Lemon insisted, according to the Times.
Of course, even Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) is on the record vowing that “nothing is off the table” next year if the GOP goes ahead with its intention to confirm Trump’s Supreme Court pick.
It remains to be seen which political tools his party might choose to wield if and when they regain control of the legislative and executive branches.