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MSNBC’s AM Pleasure Present: Pack Supreme Court docket with 20 New Justices!


This is not your garden-variety courtroom packing. That is courtroom packing on crack . . . 

MSNBC common and Nation correspondent Elie Mystal is a kind of visitors who you simply know stays up devising essentially the most outrageous, attention-grabbing, traces possible, with a purpose to maintain the invitations coming.

On Sautrday’s AM Pleasure, Mystal proposed that if Democrats win management of the method they need to add as much as . . . 20 further Justices to the Supreme Court docket!



Much more outlandish than Mystal’s proposal was his justification for it. Let’s overview his arguments about why there ought to be 20 new justices. First, he claimed the Senate would “get again to confirming judges based mostly on {qualifications} versus based mostly on agendas.”

As if Democrats would not fastidiously display screen nominees for strict adherence to liberal doctrine?  Biden has already admitted that he would impose a “litmus take a look at” of assist of Roe v. Wade.on potential nominees.

Elie Mystal MSNBC AM Joy10-17-20Subsequent, he insisted there could be “extra average judges” and “extra average opinions.” See above: each new nominee could be licensed 100%-pure liberal. And the six or seven conservatives on the Court docket could be fully swamped, their views rendered irrelevant. Probably the most excessive positions and opinions would rule the day.

And eventually, Mystal could be keen to allow them to title a few of the new justices if Republicans have been keen to “play ball.” Thanks, Elie, however does anybody actually imagine that if Biden, Harris, and Chuck Schumer had the facility to call 20 new justices, they’d supply any crumbs to Republicans? 

Talking of absurd, the section started with a clip of Kamala Harris refusing to debate courtroom packing as a result of we do not know “who’s going to be the subsequent president.”

Visitor host Tiffany Cross opened the dialogue by saying that Republicans have “raised the spectre,” i.e., employed a scare tactic, relating to attainable Dem courtroom packing. And on prime of that, she lamented that the time period itself “court-packing” was “a derogatory phrases from the late Nineteen Thirties, when FDR proposed increasing the Supreme Court docket to as much as 15 justices.”

However after Mystal concluded his pitch for a big courtroom packing, Cross agreed: “Yeah, we’d like it.” So not a “spectre,” however an actual menace!

MSNBC’s section in favor of packing the Supreme Court docket with 20 new Justices was sponsored partially by Farmers Insurance, Febreze, Fidelity, and Liberty Mutual.

This is the transcript.

MSNBC’s AM Pleasure 
10:35 am EDT

SENATOR KAMALA HARRIS (D-CA): I imply, I am simply, I’m sorry, however I can not have a dialog about courtroom packing round one thing that has not even occurred but, which is who’s going to be the subsequent president, with out coping with what they’ve been doing for the previous few years.

TIFFANY CROSS: For weeks, Republicans have accused Joe Biden and Kamala Harris of getting these secret plans for quote unquote courtroom packing, a derogatory phrases from the late Nineteen Thirties, when FDR proposed increasing the Supreme Court docket to as much as 15 justices. And Republicans are elevating the spectre that Dems might strive one thing like that once more.


ELIE MYSTAL: Yeah, what Republicans are doing is court-stacking. What Democrats are proposing is a bit of bit totally different. Look, I could make the vengeance argument for courtroom enlargement all day lengthy. They denied Garland a listening to. They’re placing Amy Coney Barrett by way of throughout an election. They’ve nominated predominantly white, predominantly male judges. I could make the vengeance argument. However I favor courtroom enlargement due to its reform prospects, proper? I would like a greater Supreme Court docket, not merely a Supreme Court docket the place I get to win generally, proper?

So, that is why I favor a Court docket enlargement of as much as 20 new Justices on the Supreme Court docket. Folks say, “oh, that is 29 justices. That is unyielding.” No, it ain’t. That is precisely what number of judges the Ninth Circuit Court docket of Appeals present has on it. 29 justices will not be unyielding, it is various. The advantage of having extra justices is that it fixes the issue that ought to be apparent to all of us by now. Our affirmation course of is damaged. It is damaged as a result of when one in all these octenagarians dies, which is a factor that occurs in the world, it represents an existential disaster to the get together out of the facility. Every is just too necessary to our legal guidelines and our coverage and our rights.

Every Supreme Court docket Justice is, frankly, too necessary to our legal guidelines, and our polity, and our rights. If we had 29 justices, every particular person loss of life could be much less necessary, and it’ll permit us to get again to confirming judges based mostly on {qualifications} versus based mostly on agendas. 


MYSTAL: Court docket enlargement permits us to take down the temperature, actually depoliticize the affirmation battle. It permits us to have extra average judges, extra average opinions, popping out of the courts.


MYSTAL: If we might do courtroom packing, I could be completely happy to have Republicans — if Republicans need to play ball, I’d be completely happy to share a few of the seats with them.

CROSS: Proper, yeah. I imply, look —

MYSTAL: However they don’t need to repair it.

CROSS: — yeah. I imply, you say courtroom packing, courtroom stacking, or judicial reform. Trigger clearly after 218 conservative judges, we’d like it.