Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., is open to the idea of packing the Supreme Court and creating laws that are based on a popular vote.
While speaking with former Obama officials Tuesday on their left-wing podcast “Pod Save America,” Gillibrand discussed her 2020 presidential campaign and some of the things she would support.
Former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau said the next Democratic president “needs to consider reforming the Supreme Court, potentially adding seats, potentially instituting term limits.”
“What do you think of those ideas? Either of those appealing to you?” he asked Gillibrand.
Gillibrand declined to rule out the drastic measures, which she described as “interesting ideas.”
“Well, they’re interesting ideas that I would need to think more about,” she said. “But I do think what President Trump has done with the judiciary is shocking and is so destructive.”
It’s unclear why Gillibrand think it’s an interesting idea to alter the make-up of the Supreme Court, which has operated with nine seats for many decades without any issues.
Interestingly enough, the Supreme Court is only an issue now given President Donald Trump has already successfully nominated two judges to serve on the nation’s highest court.
And he may get a third in the near future given Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s health continues to deteriorate and she has missed several weeks on the bench while she recovers at home from a surgery to remove cancers growths from her lungs.
It’s now a litmus test for 2020 presidential candidates seeking the Democratic nomination to say they want to alter SCOTUS and pack it with liberal Justices.
Gillibrand went on to take issue with Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch — the two men nominated by Trump — supporting the Citizens United v. FEC decision as reason for her opposition.
“I think we need to get money out of politics,” Gillibrand said, adding that “special interests” groups in Washington didn’t need more power.
“We need to restore our direct democracy. We need to actually put the power of this country back in the hands of the people, and so you need to undermine those special interests,” she said.
Gillibrand saying she wants to restore the country’s “direct democracy” seems to suggest a system in which laws are decided by popular vote of the people.
The United States is a representative democracy, meaning elected officials create, vote, and pass laws based on what would be best for their constituents.
If the “popular vote” determined which laws Congress passed, major left-wing states like New York and California — which are packed with illegal aliens — would be dictating what’s best for the entire country.
Gillibrand also has a long history of flip-flopping and only supporting issues that are popular at the time.
She came under fire last week for previously holding the same immigration positions as Trump years ago, but now claims they lack empathy and aren’t effective anymore.
The New York Democrat also recently supported the idea of abolishing the Immigration Customs and Enforcement agency.