Delaware Senator Chris Coons threatened to “rebalance” the federal judiciary should the Republicans insist on confirming Judge Amy Coney-Barrett to the Supreme Court.
In an interview with CNN’s “State of the Union” with host Jake Tapper on Sunday, Coons said that if Biden defeats President Trump on the November 3 presidential election, he is “open” to Supreme Court packing as a protest to Barrett’s confirmation.
“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 stated. “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. It is the Republican majority that’s responsible for racing forward with this extreme, unqualified nominee—unqualified because of her extreme judicial philosophy.”
He added, “That’s who should be bearing the brunt at the ballot box in this election, that they’re doing this to get someone on the court just in time, a week after the election, to take away critical health care protections from a majority of Americans.”
“We need to focus on that, 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,” he continued.
Tapper persistently asked if his “mind is open” about court packing, to which he quickly responded with “yes.”
“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,” Democratic Sen. Chris Coons says while he’s “not a fan” of expanding the Supreme Court, he is open to it #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/qvcjd4LxZ5
— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) October 18, 2020