Republicans Fight To Maintain Control Of SCOTUS After Trump Regime’s End

Between the efforts of Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell, the Supreme Court of the United States saw a significant shift over the last five years. Now that they no longer have the White House or Senate majority, Republicans are fighting to keep that control.

Republicans fight for control
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First, Mitch McConnell refused to even hold a confirmation hearing for President Barack Obama’s SCOTUS nominee in an election year. Then, Trump was able to fill that empty seat, which had essentially been blocked and held for him. He filled another when Justice Anthony Kennedy retired unexpectedly. When Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg died, despite previously insisting that a Justice shouldn’t be seated in an election year, Republicans helped Trump push through another nominee quickly.

Now, however, after grabbing three seats — at least one of which arguably would not have been the Republicans’ to fill — on the court, they’re fighting to prevent President Joe Biden from adding justices. Senator Marco Rubio, along with several colleagues, has proposed a Constitutional amendment that would cement the SCOTUS at its current size, firmly limiting how many justices the Biden Administration could seat in 4-8 years.

“Packing the Supreme Court is a radical, left-wing idea that would further undermine America’s confidence in our institutions and our democracy,” Rubio says in his statement, though he had no condemnation for Republicans taking the opportunity to fill extra seats that would not otherwise have been available to them. When rushing Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination, Donald Trump admitted that he needed a Supreme Court beholden to him, because he believed they would rule in his favor on election matters.

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