The Supreme Court is one of the most pivotal voting issues for Americans because appointments are for a lifetime, outlasting the President that appointed them for generations.
Even conservatives who weren’t on the Trump Train reluctantly voted for our current President because they saw his potential to pick someone that would uphold an originalist perspective on the Constitution. And that’s likely to factor in to the 2020 election as well.
Several top Democratic contenders told Politico that in light of the more conservative picks, they would not rule out expanding the court or imposing term limits.
Kamala Harris believes there’s a crisis within the Supreme Court.
“We are on the verge of a crisis of confidence in the Supreme Court,” said Harris (D-Calif.). “We have to take this challenge head on, and everything is on the table to do that.”
And Kirsten Gillibrand maintains that Neil Gorsuch was a stolen seat.
Gillibrand said in an interview that she believes Justice Neil Gorsuch essentially possesses an illegitimate seat after Garland was denied even a committee hearing. The New York Democrat added that the Senate should move swiftly to impose strict ethics rules on the Supreme Court.
Elizabeth Warren believes the Supreme Court should be depoliticized, telling Politico, “It’s not just about expansion, it’s about depoliticizing the Supreme Court.” She also added that an option to expand the court would be bringing appellate judges into Supreme Court cases as an option.
Not everyone agrees though. Cory Booker is one Democratic Presidential hopeful that is not on board, stating:
“I’m open to these kind of conversations, but I really caution people about doing things that become a tit for tat throughout history,” Booker said in an interview. “So when the Democrats expand it to 11, 12 judges, when Republicans have it, they expand it to 15 judges.”