President Joe Biden last week announced an executive order to create a commission tasked with studying the benefits of possible reforms to the U.S. Supreme Court — including the controversial move of adding more justices to the nation’s highest court.
In response, former President Donald Trump released a statement criticizing the proposal, which is commonly seen as a way for Democrats to amass more political power in the judicial branch. He also had some harsh words for the high court’s current members for their response to cases related to alleged fraud in November’s presidential election.
“Wouldn’t it be ironic”
The former president held nothing back in his excoriation of both Democrats and the Supreme Court for their perceived roles in exacerbating a disastrous situation in the weeks that followed the election.
Trump continues to claim that the government did not do enough to investigate what he and several key allies described as widespread voter fraud and ballot irregularities.
“Wouldn’t it be ironic if the Supreme Court of the United States, after showing that they didn’t have the courage to do what they should have done on the Great Presidential Election Fraud of 2020, was PACKED by the same people, the Radical Left Democrats (who they are so afraid of!), that they so pathetically defended in not hearing the Election Fraud case,” his statement asserted.
He went on to suggest that the nation’s highest court would soon be “diluted” by Democrats, speculating that incoming justices could be subjected to term limits.
“Our politically correct Supreme Court will get what they deserve — an unconstitutionally elected group of Radical Left Democrats who are destroying our Country,” Trump wrote.
“Genesis of the reform debate”
In the wake of the election, Trump’s lawyers failed to gain any real traction in pursuing dozens of lawsuits aimed at proving their allegations of fraud, which he has insisted served to cost him a second term in the White House.
Last week, the Biden administration announced the formation of a bipartisan commission tasked with analyzing various aspects of the Supreme Court’s current makeup and the role it plays within the federal government.
“The topics it will examine include the genesis of the reform debate; the Court’s role in the Constitutional system; the length of service and turnover of justices on the Court; the membership and size of the Court; and the Court’s case selection, rules, and practices,” a White House statement explained.
The commission is expected to consist of a group of former administration officials from both parties along with a panel of legal scholars. They will be given 180 days from the time of their first public meeting to provide the White House with a report on their findings.
A number of prominent Republicans immediately spoke out against the idea, including Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who described the commission as a “direct assault” on American democracy. Proponents of the plan to pack the court will need to act fast, since any such plans would likely be dead on arrival if Republicans are successful in regaining a majority on Capitol Hill after next year’s midterm elections.