(USA Features) Former President Donald Trump has spoken out about his successor’s plan to create a commission to look at proposals that include expanding the U.S. Supreme Court beyond its current number of nine justices.
He said that because the court refused to hear election-related cases following the Nov. 3 presidential contest, the justices will “get what they deserve” if Democrats succeed in packing the court.
“Now there is a very good chance they will be diluted (and moved throughout the court system so that they can see how the lower courts work), with many new Justices added to the Court, far more than has been reported. There is also a good chance that they will be term-limited,” Trump said.
“Our politically correct Supreme Court will get what they deserve—an unconstitutionally elected group of Radical Left Democrats who are destroying our Country,” he added in a statement.
The former president’s comments come on the heels of a White House initiate indicating President Joe Biden will empower a commission to look into both expanding the high court and limiting justices to terms.
While Congress has expanded and contracted the size of the court throughout the country’s history, there have been nine justices since 1869.
Limiting justices to a certain number of terms, however, would require amending the Constitution, which specifies that justices serve for life.
As for the commission, it is headed by two former Obama administration officials.
“The Commission’s purpose is to provide an analysis of the principal arguments in the contemporary public debate for and against Supreme Court reform, including an appraisal of the merits and legality of particular reform proposals,” said the White House.
“The topics it will examine include the genesis of the reform debate; the Court’s role in the Constitutional system; the length of service and turnover of justices on the Court; the membership and size of the Court; and the Court’s case selection, rules, and practices,” the administration said.
That said, Justice Stephen Breyer, who is one of the court’s liberals, warned against “packing” the high court as unwise because it will create the impression it is no longer impartial and just another politicized entity that will lead to further distrust of American institutions.
“If the public sees judges as politicians in robes, its confidence in the courts and in the rule of law can only diminish, diminishing the court’s power, including its power to act as a check on other branches,” he said at a speech to Harvard University students.