Marco Rubio rails against Democrats’ ‘third world’ courtpacking scheme
Marco Rubio. Image via AP.

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The Senator made the comments on Fox News Channel.

On the eve of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s consideration of Amy Coney Barrett, the President’s third high court pick, a Republican from Florida is talking about a “third world” plan from Democrats.

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, in a weekend interview on the Fox News Channel’s “Watters’ World,” denigrated Democratic desires to expand the U.S. Supreme Court if presidential nominee Joe Biden wins the election next month.

“I want people to understand, this is not going to end at nine or — I mean, we can have a Supreme Court one day that has like 15 or 18 people, 19 people every time some party gets elected, and you don’t like the makeup of the court, you just add, you know, two more people to it. I mean, that’s what they do in the third world. That would be ridiculous,” Rubio told host Jesse Watters.

The Senator speculated that the court packing push may happen over the objections of Biden himself.

“I think Joe Biden, because he has been there for so long, he’d prefer not to, but he has no choice,” Rubio said.

“Because all the energy, all that money, all the activism in the Democratic Party is coming from the far left and they’ve been talking about and insisting on this for a very long time,” Rubio said.

Democrats, added Rubio, “are going to move to try to do that. And I believe that they’re going to do that no matter what would have happened with the Supreme Court nomination now.”

The Senator is one of many Republicans in recent days who have expressed similar sentiments.

High court gamesmanship featured heavily into the denouement of President Barack Obama‘s second term, when Republicans wouldn’t entertain the nomination of Merrick Garland, a partisan ploy that has nettled Democrats since.

Democratic nominee Biden has not effectively clarified his position, except to say he’s not going to disclose it.

“They’ll know my position on court packing when the election is over,” he said.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at [email protected]


7 comments

  • S.B. ANTHONY

    October 11, 2020 at 12:04 pm

    Little Marco, STFU, no one’s listening to you, not even most Cuban Americans who see trump for what he is, a 21st Century Castro.

  • Frankie M.

    October 11, 2020 at 1:49 pm

    Says the guy who wouldn’t give Merrick Garland a vote 11 months before an election but is ready to cram thru ACB weeks before an election because “elections have consequences.” Little Marco will just “have to wait & see”…he’s familiar with that logic. Do as I say not as I do…LMAO

  • Ocean Joe

    October 11, 2020 at 1:50 pm

    Marco, hypocrisy is a terrible thing to waste.

  • Sonja Fitch

    October 11, 2020 at 3:31 pm

    Just stfu Marco! Nobody gives a crap
    What you think! Marco you sold your soul to the goptrump cult sociopath Trump! Vote Democrat up and down ballot!

  • James Robert Miles

    October 11, 2020 at 3:39 pm

    Hey Marco; Your GOP cohorts are the ones stacking the Supreme Court by inventing rules that are NOT in the Constitution that only apply to Democrats and not to the GOP. Why don’t YOU and your cohorts follow your own rules by not nominating a Supreme Court justice during an election year? Hypocrisy, thy name is Republican!! Trademark registered!! VOTE HIM OUT, LOCK HIM UP!! DUMP TRUMP 2020, restore democracy to AMERICA!!

  • Palmer Tom

    October 11, 2020 at 4:50 pm

    If anything is Third World politics, it’s Donald Trump’s efforts to arrest his opponents. This isn’t Guatemala or Colombia. Entiende, muchacho?

  • Patrick Henry

    October 12, 2020 at 11:06 am

    It’s apparent none of the criticizers have read U.S. History regarding judicial appointments to the USSC.

    The nomination of a Supreme Court justice In an election year has happened 29 times since 1789 (at every viable opportunity) when the Presidency and the Senate are held by the SAME party. Thus, the nomination of Merrick Garland did not go forward because Obama, a Democrat, was in the White House (aka the Executive branch for those of you in Rio Lindo) and the Republicans controlled the U. S. Senate. If you want to lecture about “rules” maybe you should look them up.

    Senator Rubio is 100 percent correct you cannot change the composition (pack the court) of the Judicial Branch which has been set for150 years. It would create an activist legislative body. There would be no more checks and balances or balance of power between the Executive, Legislative or Judicial branches of government.

    Even Ruth Bader Ginsburg was appointed within a three month time frame of an election. The POTUS is President for a full four years. That means January 20th of 2021 not October 2020.

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