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Joe Biden Gives Democrats Some Bad News On Court Packing

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OPINION: This article may contain commentary which reflects the author's opinion.


President Joe Biden just poured cold water on the dreams of many of his Democrat constituents.

After the Supreme Court ended Roe V Wade last week many Democrats expressed their desire to see the court packed, because they did not get their way.

But on Saturday, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said that the president does not support the idea of packing the court.

“I don’t have anything to read out to you specifically on a strategy — a strategic strategy around the decision that was made by the Court yesterday. But what I can say, and the President spoke about this very forcefully: He vehemently disagrees with the decision that the Court made yesterday,” the press secretary said during the press conference.

“He’s going to continue to fight for women’s rights. He’s going to continue to fight for freedom — for their freedom. And also, even when we heard the leaked decision — this is kind of to your question — a couple of weeks ago, he had warned that it wouldn’t — they would not just stop at women’s — women’s reproductive rights. He warned that.

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“And now, what we saw from Judge Thomas should be chilling. It should be very chilling to people. But this is an opportunity to take action. And that’s what the President did yesterday. He did a call to action for the American public,” she said.

Later in the press conference a reporter followed that with a question on court packing.

“Karine, you just said that the decision of the Supreme Court does not reflect what the American — the majority of Americans want. And polls also show that, you know, the — the credibility of the — the opinion that Americans have after the Supreme Court is now very poor. So is it time, in the President’s view, to think about reforming the Court? And if so, what changes would he like to see?” the reporter said.

“So, I know I’ve — I’ve been asked — I was asked this question yesterday, and I’ve been asked it before — and I think the President himself — about doing — about expanding the Court. That is something that the President does not agree with. That is not something that he wants to do,” the press secretary said.

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“There was a commission that was put together about how to potentially move forward with the Court — reform the Court. I don’t have anything more to share from any — any final decision that the President has made,” she said.

“I do want to say, though — you know, we talk about the popul- — I was talking about the popularity of how much Americans support Roe v. Wade. Never — this is the — this is the most support that Roe — Roe v. Wade has gotten ever.

“I mean, it is — it has such a majority popularity. And so for the Court to have made this extreme ruling is so out of step. It’s so out of step not only with this decision, but it’s also so out of step with the Constitution,” she said.

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In October of 2020, when he was a candidate for president, President Biden said that he was not a fan of the idea of court-packing.

“I’m not a fan of court-packing, but I don’t want to get off on that whole issue,” he said to CNN affiliate WKRC in Cincinnati. “I want to keep focused. The President would love nothing better than to fight about whether or not I would, in fact, pack the court or not pack the court.”

And during a Democratic primary debate, he said of court-packing that he “would not get into court-packing,” add said, “We add three justices. Next time around, we lose control, they add three justices. We begin to lose any credibility the court has at all.”

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