Democratic Senator Chris Coons agreed that his “mind is open” to “packing” the United States Supreme Court with additional justices to flip its conservative majority.
Following his party’s mantra of keeping all of their options on the table, Coons said during a segment on CNN’s “State of the Union” that he is personally “not a fan of expanding the court” but is open to the possibility.
CNN host Jake Tapper asked Coons about court-packing as it has become a major issue in the presidential campaign.
“Well, Jake, like Joe Biden, I’m not a fan of expanding the court, but we have a few weeks here to see whether there are four Republicans who will step back from this precipice,” Coons said via the Washington Examiner. “It is President Trump who has pressed for this nominee. So he can have a key vote to overturn the Affordable Care Act. In the middle of a pandemic.”
He continued: “And then, if we happen to be in the fact pattern where we have a President Biden, we’ll have to look at what the right steps are to rebalance our federal judiciary.”
“So your mind is open to adding justices to the Supreme Court?” the host pressed.
“Yes,” Coons agreed.
Watch the exchange below:
MSNBC – 10/18/2020 –
"Your mind is open to adding seats to the supreme court?"
Chris Coons – "Yes" pic.twitter.com/SrzCOZhk3d
— CaseStudyQB (@CaseStudyQB) October 18, 2020
As the Washington Examiner reports, the issue of packing the Supreme Court followed the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg last month.
Her death created a vacancy that Democrats want—but are unable—to fill.
With President Trump and Republicans set to vote to confirm Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett later this week, Democrats are looking forward to a potential Biden administration increasing the number of justices to the court and subsequently flipping its majority.
Biden has mostly remained quiet on the issue but several top Democrats have expressed their support for fixing the court to favor their ideology.
From the Washington Examiner:
Speaking with MSNBC’s Joy Reid, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said that “everything is on the table,” referring not only to adding more judges to the Supreme Court but also abolishing the Senate filibuster and granting statehood to Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.
Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts is one of the few senators to explicitly express support for the idea.
“Mitch McConnell won’t back down, and neither will we. We can defeat him if we mobilize and organize,” Markey tweeted. “That is why we must make it absolutely clear that if McConnell attempts to fill this seat, we will abolish the filibuster and expand the court when we retake the Senate.”