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More Groups Support Adding Justices to the Supreme Court

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June 18, 2020

The movement on the left to pack the Supreme Court is gaining momentum. Some evidence that the Court has taken notice came in the form of its June 15 refusal to take up new cases for next term that gun rights groups claim denied Second Amendment rights, but decisions on several hot button issues —  President Trump’s tax returns, abortion rights and the fate of “Dreamers — are still scheduled for this term. During the Democratic presidential primary several candidates said they were open to packing the Court. In a memo, activist groups accuse Republicans of themselves “manipulating the size of the court by refusing to consider President Obama’s nominee for an open seat, and pointed out that 15 of the last 19 Supreme Court justices were nominated by Republicans, despite the fact that Republicans have lost the popular vote in six of the last seven presidential elections. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden does not support packing the court. At a debate last year, he said, “I would not get into court packing. We add three justices. Next time around, we lose control, they add three justices. We begin to lose any credibility the court has at all.”

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