Sen.-elect John Fetterman, D-Pa., incoming chief of staff has vehemently pushed Democrats to call Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination ‘illegitimate’ to pave the way for elimination possible filibuster and obtaining more seats on the search.
Adam Jentleson — who previously held high-level positions for former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and several liberal organizations — wrote an op-ed for The New York Times in September 2020, a few days after the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, arguing that while Democrats lacked the power to block a nomination by then-President Donald Trump, there were steps they could take to delay and delegitimize it.
“There are steps Democrats can take to apply maximum pressure, call the process an illegitimate farce, and lay the groundwork for desperately needed reform that can reverse the damage in early 2021 if Democrats win in November.” , he wrote.
Those measures, Jentleson argued, included boycotting confirmation hearings and the “systematic denial” of unanimous consent agreements, which would shut down the work of the Senate.
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“Together, these tactics will place an asterisk around President Trump’s nominee,” he wrote.
Jentleson said the process should motivate Democrats to commit to eliminating the filibuster if they regain power in the Senate, which they did several months later.
“Without the filibuster, reforms can be passed by simple majority votes, as the framers envisioned. Democrats should commit to Supreme Court reform: they can add seats to the Court; enforce age or term limits; or pass one of many credible proposals,” he wrote. “Democrats should also reform the Senate so that it better represents the nation. They can start by inviting territories bound by federal law but lacking electoral representation in Congress to become states. The District of Columbia has roughly a similar or larger population than Wyoming or North Dakota. , while Puerto Rico has more inhabitants than 20 states. Both deserve to become states if they want to.
Jentleson has repeatedly called on Democrats to expand the Supreme Court to ensure liberal rulings.
“There is no minimization of suffering [Coney Barrett] can cause from the bench. But to get him there, McConnell opened up that it’s all about power and the Dems are poised to gain a lot of power in a week. We need to vote,” Jentleson tweeted on Oct. 26, 2020. “Next, Democrats need to use the power we give them to expand the court.”
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“If you’re not ready to reform the filibuster and expand the court, you’re not ready to do what it takes to win this fight,” he added in a tweet from the 1st. September 2021. “If we keep playing poof while they’re playing hardball, the results will be more similar. It’s as simple as that.”
Fetterman hired Jentleson, who advised the new senator during his transition, to be his chief of staff, Politico reported Friday. Jentleson was most recently executive director of the Battle Born Collective, a progressive consulting group he founded, and had also recently worked for left-wing groups Democracy Forward and Center for American Progress.
Fetterman has previously said he does not support expanding the Supreme Court, and campaign spokesman Joe Calvello reiterated that to Fox News Digital on Sunday.
Responding to Jentleson’s other comments, Calvello said Fetterman supports DC statehood and is for Puerto Rico’s self-determination, and he “is open to considering other reforms to improve transparency and standards. Supreme Court Ethics and believes President Biden’s Supreme Court Commission was a good first step toward a way forward.”
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“John Fetterman is his own man with his own views; there’s no one else like him in the US Senate,” Calvello said. “John is deeply proud of the team he is building for his Senate office and is keen to create a team with diverse opinions and backgrounds so that they can fully serve the people of Pennsylvania. This should not be difficult to understand.”
Fox News Digital’s Thomas Catenacci contributed to this report.