Rep. Jerry Nadler - the same Jerry Nadler who maintained that Antifa isn't a real thing, just to tell you what we're dealing with here - claimed on the Capitol steps Thursday that Democrats need to pack the court in order to "rectify the great injustice that was done in packing the court," in a display of mental gymnastics that, even in the world of 2021 politics, is still a wonder to behold.
"As our country has grown, so should the Supreme Court. Thirteen justices for 13 circuits is a logical progression...and to rectify the great injustice that was done in packing the court,” the New York Democrat said.
“It’s a nice number…it’s a proper number. It matches the number of circuits. It has historically. And it also will enable us to do justice and to rectify the great injustice that was done in packing the court,” Nadler bafflingly claimed.
“Some people will say we’re packing the court. We’re not packing it – we’re unpacking it. Senator McConnell and the Republicans packed the court over the past couple of years,” he added.
Rep. Nadler on his bill to expand the Supreme Court: "As our country has grown, so should the Supreme Court. 13 justices for 13 circuits is a logical progression...and to rectify the great injustice that was done in packing the court." https://t.co/Z1gC6BePs8 pic.twitter.com/sb0gJGEFMA— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) April 15, 2021
Not only is this a mind-blowingly illogical mental rat maze to try to justify Democrats adding more seats to the Supreme Court to stack it for political gain while they hold both the White House and Congress, it’s also patently untrue.
For anyone not paying a modicum of attention over the past year, Trump and the Republicans did not “pack” the Supreme Court. On the contrary, Trump simply fulfilled a constitutional duty of the Office of the President to nominate a replacement to fill a vacancy – most recently, the one left by the death of liberal justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The fact that Trump had the chance to fill three of these vacancies during his four-year term as president doesn’t constitute “court-packing,” but rather simply means Democrats didn’t like it.
Conversely, what Democrats are now trying to do by intentionally expanding the court and adding seats to “pack” them with left-leaning justices is the actual definition of court-packing, which originated as a legislative proposal by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to add seats to the bench and stack it with judges who’d support his New Deal policies to ram through terrible ideas like Social Security.
But never mind history, facts, and a basic understanding of the U.S. Constitution - Nadler here thinks standing in front of a microphone and simply saying words is all the logic he needs - and he's counting on you to be ignorant enough to buy it.