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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 DurbinGarland's AG nomination delayed by GOP roadblocks National Sheriffs' Association backs Biden pick for key DOJ role Senate coronavirus bill delayed until Thursday MORE (D-Ill.) on Sunday addressed Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenThe West needs a more collaborative approach to Taiwan Abbott's medical advisers were not all consulted before he lifted Texas mask mandate House approves George Floyd Justice in Policing Act MORE declining to say whether he would expand the Supreme Court if elected, saying Republicans have bragged about "packing the court" under President TrumpDonald TrumpHouse passes voting rights and elections reform bill DEA places agent seen outside Capitol during riot on leave Georgia Gov. Kemp says he'd 'absolutely' back Trump as 2024 nominee 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 McConnellGarland's AG nomination delayed by GOP roadblocks DOJ declined to take up Chao ethics probe Trump was unhinged and unchanged at CPAC MORE’s (R-Ky.) refusal in 2016 to hold a hearing for Judge Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandGarland's AG nomination delayed by GOP roadblocks National Sheriffs' Association backs Biden pick for key DOJ role Why do we still punish crack and powder cocaine offenses differently? 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 GinsburgBill introduced to create RBG monument on Capitol Hill Kavanaugh dismays conservatives by dodging pro-Trump election lawsuits McConnell backs Garland for attorney general 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 TillisMcConnell backs Garland for attorney general GOP senators demand probe into Cuomo's handling of nursing home deaths CNN anchor confronts GOP chairman over senator's vote to convict Trump 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.