Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) came out against court-packing as a way to end Republican dominance of the Supreme Court on Saturday. But he then suggested an alternative that is no less radical — neutralizing the Court’s Republican majority by demoting some of its members.
Some of Sanders’s rivals have embraced or, at least, expressed openness toward court-packing, adding additional seats to the Supreme Court to dilute its Republican members’ votes. Sanders, at a forum focused on how Democratic presidential candidates would approach an increasingly conservative judiciary, said he emphatically rejects such an idea.
“We add two more judges. The next guy comes in — maybe a Republican — somebody comes in, you have two more,” and before you know it, he said, “you have 87 members of the Supreme Court. And I think that delegitimizes the Court.”