“America would change forever. This election is for all the marbles. The Senate Democrats would pack the court. They would get rid of the filibuster so they could enact all these crazy socialist … policies,” Johnson (R-Wisc.) told John Catsimatidis in an interview that aired Sunday on his show “The Cats Roundtable” on WABC 77 AM.
“I don’t know how this country would recover from it,” said Johnson, who has been diagnosed with coronavirus.
Some Democrats have threatened to add justices to the court after President Trump nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Sept. 18, in an election year.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has vowed to continue with Barrett’s confirmation vote before the election even as two Republican senators on the Judiciary Committee, Mike Lee of Utah and Thom Tillis of North Carolina, have been diagnosed with coronavirus.
They are quarantining for 10 days.
Two others – Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska – oppose confirming Barrett before the election, jeopardizing the GOP’s 53-47 majority in the chamber.
Republicans need 51 votes to approve Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court.
But McConnell said he has no plans to delay.
“The Senate’s floor schedule will not interrupt the thorough, fair and historically supported confirmation process,” the Kentucky Republican wrote Saturday. “All Republican members of the committee will participate in these important hearings.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said he plans to begin hearings on Barrett on Oct. 12 by video.