Last Updated on February 17, 2022
Former Obama administration Attorney General, Eric Holder, who gained international attention for his alleged role in the Fast and Furious scandal that saw the Obama administration arm Mexican cartels, encouraged Democrats should take the opportunity, now that they have a majority in the Senate, to pack the United States Supreme Court with leftist ideologues.
Addressing a virtual seminar by the Left-leaning Brookings Institute, Holder urged Senate Democrats to pack the High Court in response to what he termed a crisis of “legitimacy” brought about by the fact the Supreme Court has 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.
Former Attorney General Eric Holder called on Monday for Democrats to “use the power” of their new majority to pack federal courts, a cherished goal of progressives that President Biden and other Democrats largely sidestepped in the 2020 elections.https://t.co/kA3YWsWhbU
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) January 25, 2021
Holder cited what he called “three realities” in explaining his position on packing the US Supreme Court.
First, he said, “Democrats and Progressives, are, and have been, uncomfortable with the acquisition and the use of power.” He juxtaposed that opinion with another, by saying Republicans and conservatives were not.
In making this point, Holder ignored the several-decades long establishment of political correctness-based mandates and quotas, and the current totalitarianism of the “cancel culture,” both predominantly championed by Democrats and Progressives.
The former Attorney General followed his first point up with two additional points; that the Supreme Court and other courts had become “political bodies,” and that the High Court had a habit of upheld the status quo in its decisions. To the last point Holder opined that the Court had ruled “sometimes in a way that is inimical to our founding ideals.”
It was then that Holder launched into a status quo Progressive attack of those who disagree with his opinions, saying the federal courts were stacked with “ideologues who consistently reach rulings based on their stunted mindsets.”
Holder insisted that the recent Trump appointments to the US Supreme Court “sowed doubt” about judicial independence. He failed to address the high praise Justice Amy Coney Barrett received from Democrats during her confirmation hearings.
Holder, who described himself as Obama’s “wingman” during his tenure as attorney general, said it would be “totally appropriate” to add new seats on the Supreme Court, given that the number of circuit courts has expanded from nine to 13 since 1869.https://t.co/kA3YWtdSAu
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) January 26, 2021
In addressing then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s move to blocked the confirmation of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court – a move justified in citing what is known as the “Biden rule,” under which the new President said presidents should avoid appointments in the middle of an election year, Holder said had Garland been confirmed there would have been a liberal majority and four years of “progressive” decisions.
In what can only be seen as a desire for totalitarian control of the whole of government at every level and across all branches, Holder said, Democrats “must use the power that they now have…I believe it would be totally appropriate to add additional seats to the Supreme Court, in response to what has transpired over the past few years.”
In 1970, as a freshman at Columbia University, Holder participated in the storming and five-day occupation of a Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps building on campus. Holder was part of a group of Black students later described as “armed” by the university’s Black Students’ Organization.
Holder was one of the leaders of the Student Afro-American Society, which demanded that the former ROTC building be renamed the “Malcolm X Lounge.”
The change, Holder and the group insisted, was to be made “in honor of a man who recognized the importance of territory as a basis for nationhood.”