“It feels odd for me to have to remind a sitting justice that nowhere in the Constitution does it say there should be nine justices on the court.”
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer has warned against the idea of packing the court and the left is not happy. Democrats and progressive activists learned a painful lesson with Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and they don’t want to go through that again. So now some of them are demanding that Breyer retire immediately, while Democrats control everything.
This all began after Breyer gave a lecture at Harvard Law School last week.
MSNBC host Mehdi Hasan is leading the charge against Breyer.
Yael Halon reports at FOX News:
MSNBC host calls on liberal Supreme Court Justice Breyer to retire after his warning against ‘court-packing’
MSNBC host Mehdi Hasan has called on liberal Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to retire from the bench after he spoke out forcefully against court-packing earlier this week.
In the piece, published Thursday and starkly headlined “Justice Stephen Breyer Should Retire from the Supreme Court,” Hasan accused Breyer of intentionally overlooking the “partisanship” of his conservative colleagues, and dismissed his position as “naive, misguided and self-serving.”
“It feels odd for me to have to remind a sitting justice that nowhere in the Constitution does it say there should be nine justices on the court,” Hasan wrote at one point.
In a lecture at Harvard Law School on Tuesday, Breyer argued that politically-driven changes to the Supreme Court risked damaging the rule of law in the United States.
“Our power, the court’s power, has to depend on the public’s willingness to respect its decision,” Breyer said. “Respect even those decisions they disagree with… even when they think the decision is seriously mistaken.”
Here’s more from Hasan’s MSNBC column:
Justice Stephen Breyer should retire from the Supreme Court
Breyer is one of three liberal justices left on the court after President Donald Trump filled three vacancies in four years and gave the court a 6-3 hard-right majority. The aim of his address — named in honor of his late conservative colleague Justice Antonin Scalia — was to “make those whose initial instincts may favor important structural change or other similar institutional change, such as forms of ‘court-packing,’ think long and hard before they embody those changes in law.”…
It feels odd for me to have to remind a sitting justice that nowhere in the Constitution does it say there should be nine justices on the court. The court’s own website says, “The Constitution places the power to determine the number of Justices in the hands of Congress.” In fact, if Biden does eventually yield to pressure from liberal activists and Democratic lawmakers and decides to change the size of the court, backed by a congressional majority, he will be following in the footsteps of five previous presidents — history-makers like John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant.
MSNBC covered this issue on the air as well:
Of course, the far left group ‘Demand Justice’ has jumped on this:
We need to start the process of confirming a Black woman justice now.
— Demand Justice (@WeDemandJustice) April 9, 2021
Hat tip to Professor Jonathan Turley:
In the 1960s, it was an "Impeach Earl Warren" campaigns. In 2021, it is a "Retire Stephen Breyer" campaign, including billboard trucks. Breyer is being cancelled because he spoke out against court packing–called naive by a MSNBC host… https://t.co/9IwA7p0CiI
— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) April 9, 2021
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