Court-Packing Advocates Are Out to Intimidate

Court-Packing Advocates Are Out to Intimidate

A police officer walks in front of the United States Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C., May 13, 2021. Now that the Supreme Court has granted review in New York Rifle & Pistol Association v. Corlett and Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization , Democratic politicians and left-wing dark-money groups are ramping up their threats to increase the size of the Court. Of course, the Left’s Court-packing threats are nothing new. In recent years, we have seen the bullying extend to sitting justices in the Democrats’ quest for Supreme Court decisions that advance their agenda. In August 2019, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, along with some of his Democratic colleagues, filed an amicus brief in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. City of New York , which involved a Second Amendment challenge to New York City’s gun law, threatening the Court: “Perhaps the Court can heal itself before the public demands it be ‘restructured in order to reduce the influence of politics.’ Particularly on the urgent issue of gun control, a nation desperately needs it to heal.” The Court would later adjudge the case moot after the city amended the restrictions, but the upcoming appeal in Corlett will bring the Second Amendment — and New York City — back before the Court. Recall that last year, then-Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer notoriously stood in front of the Supreme Court building and threatened two justices by name: “I want to tell you, Gorsuch! I want to tell you, Kavanaugh! You […]

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