Still bitter about the confirmation of now-Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, many on the left are suggesting radical approaches to, in their minds, rectify the situation. And Whoopi Goldberg is no exception.
According to Breitbart, the co-host of ABC’s The View suggested during Tuesday’s show that instead of (or perhaps in addition to) court-packing, impeachment might be a winning strategy for Democrats who want to “shift” the make-up of the judiciary and appoint more left-leaning judges. Yes, you read that right.
“There are lots of ways to shift this,” Goldberg said Tuesday, according to Breitbart. “One could impeach judges that have not stuck to the rules of being judges on the Supreme Court. That’s been done several times.”
“Unpacking the Supreme Court”
Goldberg’s comments came during an exchange with her co-host, Sunny Hostin, who was discussing what she expects to see in the future now that Barrett has been confirmed to the nation’s highest court. Many on the left are concerned that, with Barrett on the bench, six of SCOTUS’s nine justices now lean to the right.
“I think her appointment is really going to change the way the Supreme Court is going to not only handle cases but the way the Supreme Court is going to look going forward,” Hostin said Tuesday, according to Breitbart.
“We all know the Republican Party has been packing the Supreme Court for decades,” Hostin added. “They’ve been packing the judiciary for decades. Trump has put now three justices on the Supreme Court and just dozens and dozens of judges on the federal judiciary. I think what we’ll see is perhaps the Democrats unpacking the Supreme Court, so there’s more of a balance.”
It was then that Goldberg chimed in with her own suggestion: “some impeachments,” which she said “is possible with Supreme Court judges.”
“They also can be impeached,” she reiterated. “There’s a lot of ways to balance stuff out.”
The bottom line
Of course, if you’re looking for the logic in what these co-hosts had to say, don’t bother — there is none. Republicans haven’t been packing the courts, but rather, have been adhering to their constitutional duty to fill judicial vacancies.
What’s more, there is no evidence at all that any conservative justice has not followed the law, contrary to what Goldberg had implied.
It is true, though, that Supreme Court justices can indeed be impeached. According to a separate report from Breitbart, the removal process requires the approval of a simple majority in the House of Representatives, and then a two-thirds majority in the Senate.
It seems far-fetched, to be sure, but it wouldn’t be the first time Democrats tried to remove someone from power without justification. The question is: this time, will the American people stand for it?