In an interview with Fox News’ Martha MacCallum, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) said that the Democrats’ “court packing scheme” is really about “contempt for voters” and trying to undo the results of the 2016 and 2018 elections.
“At the end of the day this court packing scheme is about contempt for the voters.” Hawley began. “It’s about the fact that the Democrats have still not accepted the 2016 election results and I guess haven’t accepted the 2018 election results when the American people sent more Republican senators back to Washington.”
“I mean the truth is Republicans won those elections and court packing is all about undoing the results of those elections.” He said. “This is basically saying we don’t like what voters did in those elections so we’ll just add more justices to drown out those results until we can get a court, we can control, that would be a huge mistake.”
“So Joe Biden at one point, couple of years ago said that he thought it was a dumb idea because he said exactly that.” Hawley continued. “He said so you know Democrats would add three justices and then Republicans would add three justices and it would just keep going every time there was – there was an election.”
“But can you explain to people at home what the impact would be of that.” He continued. “If you added justices to the court and also the other idea that is in play because we know Nancy Pelosi has said that she’s got lots of arrows in her quiver if this nomination goes through of Amy Barrett.”
“That they would – they would do away with the filibuster, legislative filibuster which would basically mean that there you know, any majority could pass legislation.” He continued. “Packing the court means that to you will add more justices which will create a new majority, where it would be a chance for the next president Joe Biden in this case if he wins the election when he hopes to appoint a number of justices that would change results and change decisions, change the ruling and the whole composition the court.”
“It’s been tried before, I mean FDR tried it and his own party stood him down and rejected it.” Hawley added. “I mean to talk about court packing, it really is again, it’s about contempt for voters. It’s saying we don’t like how you voted in 2016 and 2018 so what is put more justices on the court to basically undo the results of those elections.”