Sanders: I Will 'Rotate Judges' Off Supreme Court To Combat 'Terrible' Conservative Majority

June 27, 2019

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) promised to rotate judges off of the Supreme Court to combat a "terrible 5-4 conservative majority" during  the Democratic presidential debate on Thursday night.

"My plan is somebody who believes for a start that a woman's right to control her own body is a constitutional right that government and politicians should not infringe on that right, we will everything we can to defend Roe v. Wade," Sanders said when asked about his approach to the Supreme Court. "Second of all, let me make a promise here. You ask about litmus tests. My litmus test is I will never nominate any justice to the Supreme Court unless that justice is 100% clear he or she will defend Roe v. Wade."

Sanders continued to reject the idea of court-packing, but proposed an alternative procedure for undermining the court's authority and bringing "new blood" onto the court.

"Third of all, I do not believe in 'packing the court,'" Sanders said. "We got a terrible 5-4 majority conservative court right now But I do believe that constitutionally we have the power to rotate judges to other courts. And that brings in new blood into the Supreme Court and a majority, I hope, that will understand that a woman has the right to control her own body and that corporations cannot run the United States of America."