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Durbin: Republicans have been 'packing the court for the past three and a half years, and they brag about it'

Durbin: Republicans have been 'packing the court for the past three and a half years, and they brag about it'
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Sen. Richard DurbinDick DurbinTrump impeachment article being sent to Senate Monday Senate chaos threatens to slow Biden's agenda Overnight Defense: House approves waiver for Biden's Pentagon nominee | Biden to seek five-year extension of key arms control pact with Russia | Two more US service members killed by COVID-19 MORE (D-Ill.) on Sunday addressed Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenRev. Barber says best way to undercut extremism is with honesty Biden requires international travelers to quarantine upon arrival to US Overnight Defense: House approves waiver for Biden's Pentagon nominee | Biden to seek five-year extension of key arms control pact with Russia | Two more US service members killed by COVID-19 MORE declining to say whether he would expand the Supreme Court if elected, saying Republicans have bragged about "packing the court" under President TrumpDonald TrumpIran's leader vows 'revenge,' posting an image resembling Trump Former Sanders spokesperson: Biden 'backing away' from 'populist offerings' Justice Dept. to probe sudden departure of US attorney in Atlanta after Trump criticism MORE.  

“The American people have watched the Republicans packing the court for the past three and a half years, and they brag about it,” Durbin said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “We are dealing with people on the court, packing into the court, with little or no qualifications for a long time.”

Durbin also cited Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump selects South Carolina lawyer for impeachment trial McConnell proposes postponing impeachment trial until February For Biden, a Senate trial could aid bipartisanship around COVID relief MORE’s (R-Ky.) refusal in 2016 to hold a hearing for Judge Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandSchumer and McConnell trade places, but icy relationship holds Biden's new challenge: Holding Trump accountable Graham says he'll back Biden's CIA pick MORE, President Obama’s nominee to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

“The [Democratic] base is correct in believing that the Republicans changed the rules four years ago,” Durbin said, adding that “[n]ow they’ve completely reversed themselves” by proceeding with the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgNYC street and subway signs transformed to welcome Biden, bid farewell to Trump Schumer and McConnell trade places, but icy relationship holds Schumer becomes new Senate majority leader MORE.

Biden made similar comments on Saturday before leaving for Erie, Pa., telling reporters: “Look, the only court packing is going on right now. It’s going on with the Republicans packing the court now."

Durbin on Sunday also addressed North Carolina Democratic Senate nominee Cal Cunningham admitting to an extramarital affair, saying Cunningham "admitted wrongdoing, apologized for it and the campaign continues.”

"He's faced it squarely. I think at this point that's the best he can do,” Durbin added.

Cunningham leads Sen. Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisSchumer becomes new Senate majority leader Democrats see Georgia as model for success across South McConnell about to school Trump on political power for the last time MORE (R-N.C.) in most polling of the Senate race, one of several Senate contests that could determine which party holds the majority in 2021.