VIDEO: Students oppose Amy Coney Barrett nomination...but also Democrats packing Supreme Court
- In light of Trump's nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have refused to say whether they would support "packing the court."
- But students at Virginia Tech told Campus Reform they don't necessarily think it's a good idea for Democrats to add more liberal justices.
After Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden refused to say whether he would seek to add more justices to the Supreme Court if he wins, his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, dodged the same question at Wednesday night's first and only vice presidential debate.
With the Senate confirmation stage now set for Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court, prominent Democrats have advocated for Democrats to add more justices to the Supreme Court if Biden wins the White House and Democrats take back the Senate in November, a concept referred to as "packing the court."
But do students support the idea of adding more justices?
Campus Reform asked students at Virginia Tech about Trump’s new pick and gathered their thoughts on the potential strategy.
“I don’t feel like she’s good for the whole United States in general," said one student of Barrett’s nomination.
“We’re not super huge fans of it,” another said. “[Ruth] paved the way for women in politics and in everything, and it feels like this is a step back,” she added of Barrett.
Smith then asked students about calls coming from the Democratic party to pack the courts if Coney Barrett is confirmed by the Senate.
Some students thought it may be a good idea.
“I think it could be the right strategy,” one said, with another adding that it “might work at first.”
But most students were not on board with the idea, though.
“I don’t really like changing up a lot of political traditions,” one expressed, concluding that “I don’t really support that.”
Another student suggested that packing the court could stoke more division.
“I don’t know if packing a court is going to help at all with polarization,” she said.
Yet another said that while it might be "effective," it could be "outside" a sitting president’s power.
One more student was torn: “It might work for them at first if they can get it working, but then the Republicans can do it themselves if they want to.
“I’m not really in support of it, but I’m not necessarily against it either,” he said.
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