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Sen. Warren says Supreme Court has no legitimacy, calls for expanding the court

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren addresses supporters at Eastern Market in Detroit, on March 3, 2020. (Mike Mulholland |
June 27, 2022

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) said the United States Supreme Court has “lost legitimacy” in the wake of the court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, which gave the power to regulate abortion back to the states. Warren also insisted that the court should be expanded in order to “get some confidence back in our court.”

On Sunday, Warren tweeted, “The Supreme Court has a legitimacy crisis. Six radical justices are imposing their extremist views on the entire country — against the will of the American people. Congress must protect our democracy from this rogue Court.”

During an appearance on ABC News, Warren accused Republicans of getting “extremists” onto the court in order to facilitate the overturning of Roe, and asserted that “overt” effort must now be stopped by expanding the court.

“This court has lost legitimacy. They have burned whatever legitimacy they may still have had after their gun decision, after their voting decision, after their union decision. They just took the last of it and set a torch to it with the Roe versus Wade opinion,” Warren said.

“I believe we need to get some confidence back in our court and that means we need more justices on the United States Supreme Court,” she continued. “It’s happened before. We’ve done it before. We need to do it again.”

Warren said the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade has been years in the making, again suggesting that the Supreme Court is filled with “extremist judges.”

“Remember how we got to where we are. When Roe v. Wade first came down, there was a tiny minority that really put a lot of energy, in effect for themselves and for Republicans, putting Roe on the ballot over and over. But on the ballot didn’t mean ‘try to get it through the Congress’ because they knew they couldn’t do that. They’re not even close to having national support for that,” Warren said. “So instead, it was about getting extremist judges into the United States Supreme Court.”

“And let’s see how much credibility those justices have now,” Warren added. “Replay the tapes of one after another saying that ‘Roe versus Wade is settled law and no one disturbs settled law.’”

Warren has previously said remarks about illegitimate government processes incite violence.

Earlier this year, Warren once again condemned former President Donald Trump for what she described as “falsely sow[ing] doubt about the legitimacy of the election.”

Warren suggested that Trump “inflamed his most dangerous supporters” by suggesting that 2020 election results were not legitimate.