Trump says Supreme Court decisions being influenced by talk of court packing

Former President Donald Trump called conservatives’ attention to the Supreme Court of the United States blaming their recent decisions on their desire to maintain the status quo of the court’s makeup, according to The Washington Examiner

According to Trump’s assessment at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Sunday, the majority conservative court has been making surprisingly liberal rulings ruling “because the nine justices do not want to be packed.”

The former president, who nominated one-third of the current justices on the nation’s high court, was faced with a field of Democratic candidates in the last presidential election, almost all of whom said they would expand or “pack” the court if they were elected. 

Court-packing was the default way the would-be executive branch leaders fell back on in an attempt to change the political leanings of the majority of the justices atop the judicial branch of government. 

“We’re getting some unexpected rulings because the nine justices do not want to be packed. And the Democrats are in a position to pack the court, and they don’t want to be packed,” Trump said.

Trump did not specify which cases he felt were out of character for the court, however, conservatives have generally been frustrated with the court’s rulings on several issues, including their ruling that upheld the Obama-era Affordable Care Act.

The former president said on June 23 that he was “disappointed” by the six conservative justices, despite having appointed three of them, after the court’s decisions were not turning out in his favor.

The outspoken republican even went so far as to call out Democrats’ possible influence on the court, still, despite the lifetime appointments of the nine justices. 

“The Democrats are vicious to the Supreme Court and to Kavanaugh,” Trump said of some Democrats’ calls to expand the Supreme Court. He also cited Democrats’ threats to impeach Kavanaugh, continuing to wage war against the justice over allegations of sexual misconduct.

President Joe Biden has been amenable to the expansion of the court and has even formed a Supreme Court commission to discuss the current structure of that court, and the entire justice system, according to the Examiner. 

Congress “must expand the Supreme Court,” said Sen. Ed Markey. However, several of his colleagues have warned that the Democratic dream could end more like a nightmare, including Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema who have indicated they would not support the expansion. 

Thanks to the slim majority Democrats hold in the House and split majority in the Senate, without every Democrat on board, it’s unlikely that a major change could happen to the nation’s high court at this time, barring major changes in opinion by several high profile Democrats. 

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