Democrats attempt to redefine ‘court packing’ ahead of Coney Barrett confirmation hearing

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Senate Democrats and the Biden campaign, under scrutiny for a plan to expand seats on the Supreme Court, went on the offensive Sunday, claiming it is Republicans who are packing the courts.

Delaware Sen. Chris Coons, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, argued on Fox News Sunday the Republicans pushing through President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett before the inauguration in January is an example of court packing, despite the term’s technical meaning related to expanding the number of seats on the court.

“I’m going to be laying out the ways in which Judge Barrett’s views … are not just extreme, they’re disqualifying,” Coons said of Democrats’ strategy for Barrett’s hearings. “It constitutes court packing.”