Following the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg late on Friday, the Democrats spent the entire weekend concocting plans to block the president from doing his job of appointing a new justice – and came away threatening that “nothing is off the table.”
CNN’s senior congressional correspondent Manu Raju reported that Schumer told Democrats on a call: “Let me be clear: if Leader McConnell and Senate Republicans move forward with this, then nothing is off the table for next year. Nothing is off the table.”
Twenty minutes later, Sen. Richard Blumenthal threatened the same, tweeting, “If Republicans recklessly & reprehensibly force a SCOTUS vote before the election—nothing is off the table.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi even went as far as suggesting that impeachment might be used to block the president’s Supreme Court pick from being confirmed.
During an interview on ABC News’ “This Week,” Pelosi, was asked whether she and House Democrats would move to impeach the president, or Attorney General Bill Barr in an effort to prevent the Senate from acting.
“We have our options. We have arrows in our quiver that I’m not about to discuss right now, but the fact is we have a big challenge in our country,” Pelosi responded. “This president has threatened to not even accept the results of the election.”
She added: “Our main goal would be to protect the integrity of the election as we protect the people from the coronavirus.”
Pelosi was pressed again on whether she would employ impeachment tactics, to which she said the Constitution requires that Congress “use every arrow in our quiver.”
“We have a responsibility,” Pelosi said. “We take an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. We have a responsibility to meet the needs of the American people.”
She added: “When we weigh the equities of protecting our democracy, it requires us to use every arrow in our quiver.”
The White House countered the Democrats threats – labeling them as a “bizarre and dangerous” power grab.
“The Speaker threatened to impeach the President—again—for simply fulfilling his constitutional obligation,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Brian Morgenstern said. “Numerous Democrats are threatening to pack the court and say things like ‘nothing is off the table.’ These are bizarre and dangerous power grabs by Democrats who will stop at nothing to erode the Constitution to enact their radical agenda.”
He added: “President Trump will fulfill his constitutional duty to protect our God given rights and do his part to fill the seat.”
The threat leaves open the possibility of packing the Supreme Court, an idea many Democratic presidential candidates said they were at least open to. Left-wing media outlets have also published numerous articles suggesting that’s exactly how Democrats should respond if Republicans install a new Supreme Court Justice to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday evening. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, however, previously said he was not open to court packing.
The fact that Democrats and their media supporters are so open to court packing shows they only care about the judicial body if it is on their side, tweeted National Review editor Rich Lowry.
“That the Left has taken up court-packing so readily shows how it never really took the court seriously as a court—instead it has thought of it primarily as a quasi-legislative body useful to the extent it enshrines its policy goals,” Lowry tweeted Saturday night.
A similar situation occurred in 2016, the last year of President Obama’s second term and Ginsburg herself insisted that the empty seat should be filled.
When Obama nominated a far-left judge, Ginsburg said, “There’s nothing in the Constitution that says the president stops being president in his last year.” She continued, “Eight is not a good number,” referring to the remaining number of Supreme Court justices.