Former Attorney General Eric Holder spoke at a Brookings Institute forum on court reform on Monday.
Holder urged Democrats to pack the Supreme Court during his presentation. Holder, a far left Obama appointee, told the audience the federal courts are packed with ideologues “who consistently reach rulings based on their stunted mindsets.”
By this, he means conservative judges who follow the US Constitution.
Former Attorney General Eric Holder urged Democrats on Monday to pack the Supreme Court in response to what he called a crisis of “legitimacy” brought about by the appointment of a conservative majority.
Packing the Court would involve passing legislation to add seats to the nation’s highest judicial body, then using a simple Senate majority to fill the vacancies with liberals.
Holder was addressing a virtual seminar hosted by the Brookings Institution, “Is There a Path Forward for Court Reform?”
The left has shown interest in “reform” since President Donald Trump was able to appoint conservatives to the bench.
Holder began his presentation with what he called “three realities.” First, he said, “Democrats and progressives, are, and have been, uncomfortable with the acquisition and the use of power.” Republicans and conservatives, he said, were not.
Second, he said, the Supreme Court and other courts had been “political bodies.”
And third, he said, the Supreme Court had largely upheld the status quo in its decisions, “sometimes in a way that is inimical to our founding ideals.”
He said that the federal courts were stacked with “ideologues who consistently reach rulings based on their stunted mindsets.”