Latest Rick Scott video targets court-packing, ‘the most aggressive naked power grab of our lifetime.’
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New video attacks courtpacking, Chuck Schumer's 'posse.'

The National Republican Senatorial Committee released a video Wednesday attacking what Chair Rick Scott calls “the most aggressive naked power grab of our lifetime.”

But don’t worry, the footage is safe for work: the subject is the Supreme Court, currently at nine members, but who knows for how long.

Chuck Schumer and his posse know that the only way to fundamentally change America with their radical agenda is to alter the 152-year tradition of nine Supreme Court justices,” asserts the lead-in to the video.

Underneath a graphic describing “the supreme thuggery of Democrat’s (sic) court packing,” the Senator from Florida blasted Democratic proposals to expand the panel.

“They plan to cancel out judges appointed by President Trump and pack the Supreme Court with radical liberals,” Scott contended. “It’s the kind of thing you’d expect in Cuba and China.”

Scott then posed a leading question: “Why do Democrats want a kangaroo court?”

“It’s simple,” Scott answered. “Because their radical plans are unconstitutional and they know it.”

Scott vows that the NRSC is going to “put an end to the madness,” specifically by defeating Democrats in 2022.

The Senator has messaged on this issue in recent days, using similar rhetoric.

“This is just part of the Democrat power grab. You know, they want to pack the Supreme Court so they can get some activist judges that are gonna back their, you know, insane left-wing agenda,” Scott said on Fox News last week.

Before the election, he warned about potential expansions of the court also.

Scott, of course, had sought to appoint justices to the Florida Supreme Court after his term technically lapsed as Governor in 2018. Ultimately, however, it was ruled the move would have exceeded his constitutional authority.

“The Governor who is elected in the November 2018 General Election (most likely Democrat Andrew Gillum or Republican Ron DeSantis) has the sole authority to fill the vacancies that will be created by the mandatory retirement of Justices Barbara ParienteR. Fred Lewis, and Peggy A. Quince,” the court’s one-page unsigned order 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]


4 comments

  • tjb

    April 21, 2021 at 12:35 pm

    Merrick Garland’s nomination to the Supreme court was not allowed by Mitch McConnell, a Republican leader, because it was too close to the Presidential election. But 4 years later, he let a Republican nomination to the Supreme Court precede weeks before the 2020 election. I guess if you are a Republican court-packing is ok, but if you are a Democratic, it is a power grab. Stop being a hypocrite and a fraud Rick Scott.

  • Frankie M.

    April 21, 2021 at 5:08 pm

    Biden commissioned a study & all the neocons went berserker mode. Who says you can’t have too many boogeymen? You know what good commissioned studies do?? Not a damn thing.

  • PeterH

    April 22, 2021 at 7:48 am

    Dear Ricky Grifter,

    The Republican crying room is down the hall second door on the left. Bring your mask and plenty of tissue.

  • Barbara Griffin

    April 22, 2021 at 8:02 am

    No. No. No. The insurrection and attempts to steal the election from the duly elected and now sitting president was not only the greatest attempted power grab of our generation, it was the greatest attempt in the history of this nation. Really doesn’t matter who or which party perpetrated this abomination, it was as awful as anything this nation has ever witnessed – short of the Civil War. Senator Scott needs to learn a little about our history.

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