Barrasso: Expansion of Supreme Court Very Real Threat Under Biden

Sen. Barrasso said if Joe Biden wins the presidency, there is a "very real threat" the Supreme Court would be expanded.

Ellen Fike

October 20, 20202 min read

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(Cowboy State Daily Staff)

U.S. Sen. John Barrasso on Tuesday warned American voters that if former Vice President Joe Biden is elected president, there’s a real likelihood that he would pack the Supreme Court.

Barrasso made the comment on FOX News when host Stuart Varney asked him about a New York Times poll which showed the majority of Americans do not favor expanding the number of seats on the Supreme Court.

“There’s a real threat to expanding the size of the Supreme Court if Joe Biden becomes president,” Barrasso said.

“The reason he’s not leveling with the American people is he knows the position of the far left — the people that control his party — is an unpopular position,” he said.

Barrasso told Varney that he believed Biden won’t reveal he’s in favor of expanding the Supreme Court is that he’s “afraid it would cost him the election.”

The senator did mention that Biden’s running mate, on the other hand, has been upfront about supporting the maneuver.

“Overwhelmingly, people say do not increase the size of the Supreme Court from 9 to 11,” he said. “But his vice presidential nominee, Kamala Harris, she said she is absolutely open to it.”

Barrasso said there have been nine people on the Supreme Court since 1869 and that’s the “right number.”

“That’s not me saying it,” Barrasso said. “It’s Ruth Bader Ginsburg saying it [too] and to expand it would be seen as political.”

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