Democrats Are Being Asked To “Pack” The Supreme Court Again

Conservatives have won multiple victories in the Supreme Court recently, which has led many ultra-liberals to call on the Biden administration to pack the Supreme Court to tilt it in their favor.

Three separate decisions were handed down late last week that went against what liberals were hoping for. 

One bans colleges and universities from using affirmative action in their admissions processes, after ruling against both the University of North Carolina and Harvard University.

A second allows a graphic designer who is Christian from being forced to create wedding websites for same-sex couples. 

The third disallowed President Joe Biden’s federal student loan forgiveness plan from taking effect.

Following these three rulings, many Democrats called on the leaders of their party to expand the number of justices on the bench so they can “pack” it with more liberals. Right now, the court has a solid 6-3 supermajority of conservatives, thanks in large part to former President Donald Trump successfully appointing three people to the bench.

One of the most vocal proponents of packing the Supreme Court is California Democratic Representative Adam Schiff – an outspoken critic of Trump who’s running for a seat on the U.S. Senate in 2024.

Last Friday, he tweeted:

“Expanding the size of the Supreme Court isn’t extreme or unprecedented – but the opinions of this Court certainly are.”

In a separate email that he sent to people who are supporting his campaign for Senate, he repeated this call for packing the Supreme Court. While the message was similar, he switched around the language to dub his idea “unpacking” rather than “packing.”

In the email, Schiff wrote:

“We must unpack the court by expanding the number of justices on the court, instituting term limits and enacting a code of ethics like every other federal court. I’ve spent years talking about the need to expand, unstack and reform the Supreme Court after Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell stacked it with partisans. This week we saw firsthand the consequences of its imbalance.”

Last month, the Republican-led House voted to censure Schiff, accusing him of misleading the public about the alleged ties Trump had to Russia. He did this while he was leading investigations into Trump when he was the chair of the House Intelligence Committee.

In this new Congress, Schiff has since been removed from his post on that committee.

Schiff isn’t the only liberal who is pining for a larger bench on the Supreme Court. Massachusetts Representative Ayanna Pressley used her time on MSNBC on Sunday to push the narrative as well.

She said:

“I think everything should be on the table. [The Supreme Court] has been emboldened in rolling back the hands of time, undermining and rolling back what should be fundamental civil human rights. So, everything should be on the table: reform and expansion.”

Despite these comments – and many more by liberals – the majority of Americans actually don’t support packing the court.

A survey from the Heartland Institute and Rasmussen Reports showed that rough 55% of all voters are opposed to expanding the high court so there would be 13 justices, though 64% of Democrats support doing so.