One of the biggest achievements of President Donald Trump’s tenure thus far, though rarely mentioned by the media, is the vast number of conservative and originalist judges he has seen confirmed to all levels of the nation’s judicial system, most notably the two justices he nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court.
That achievement hasn’t been missed by the activist left-wing base or Democrats in the Senate, who are now threatening to dramatically “restructure” the conservative-majority high court if it doesn’t rule the way they want on certain high-profile issues, including gun control and abortion.
Fox News reported that the threat from Senate Democrats was issued within a brief filed in support of New York City in a lawsuit initiated by the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association. The case has to do with an exceedingly strict gun control ordinance that prohibits virtually all transportation outside of the home of legally-owned firearms within the city limits, unless such weapons are being taken to one of only a few specified gun ranges.
Should the Supreme Court agree to hear the case and rule in favor of the gun owners against the city ordinance, it would set a precedent prohibiting other Democrat-controlled cities and states from placing the same kinds of onerous restrictions on the transportation of firearms outside of the home.
Such a potentially massive blow to the anti-gun left’s dystopian dreams of increasingly strict gun control laws was apparently too much to bear for a number of Senate Democrats, who chose to threaten the justices with a potential “restructuring” of the court if they didn’t rule on that case the way the left sees fit.
The brief was filed by Democrat Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (RI) Mazie Hirono (HI), Richard Blumenthal (CT), Richard Durbin (IL), and Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), and it essentially asserted that since New York City had already made changes that eased some aspects of the restrictive law, the high court had no business or standing to weigh in on the matter due to the doctrine “separation of powers,” or some other such constitutionally questionable argument.
The Democrats argued that the Supreme Court has become “too political” — read as too conservative — in recent years and cited public polling data to that effect, in addition to arguing that pro-Second Amendment groups — which supported the nominations of Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh — had “enlisted” the conservative-majority court in a subversive “project” to overturn gun control laws and expand gun rights nationwide.
The senators further stated that their claim of over-politicization of the court was supported by the fact that there have been a significant number of narrow 5-4 decisions over the past decade in which the five majority justices in those decisions were all Republican-appointed members of the bench and thus alleged served the interests of the Republican Party, corporate influencers, dark money donors, and conservative interest groups.
But the senators didn’t stop at just casting aspersions at the court’s Republican-appointed justices, and choosing also to issue a rather blunt threat to the court as a whole — rule the way we want you to, or suffer the consequences.
“The Supreme Court is not well. And the people know it. Perhaps the Court can heal itself before the public demands it be ‘restructured in order to reduce the influence of politics.’ Particularly on the urgent issue of gun control, a nation desperately needs it to heal,” the senators wrote.
Stacking the court
What the senators were clearly implying, and what several top 2020 Democratic presidential candidates have been openly discussing for months, is that a Democrat-controlled Congress or Democrat president could “stack the court” by adding a number of new justices — all left-leaning, of course — to increase the total number of justices and override the influence of the current conservative majority.
Doing so, however, would undoubtedly result in a tragic destruction of the court’s legitimacy in the eyes of the public, and would undoubtedly still lead to narrow decisions on hot-button issues, albeit decisions that would lean in favor of the left…which, quite hypocritically, would apparently be just fine in the eyes of these leftist, anti-gun, anti-Constitution, and anti-American senators.