Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is calling for her supporters to become “radicalized” over the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
During an Instagram live video, AOC said Republicans led by President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will likely rush through an appointment and confirmation process to fill the court vacancy by November’s presidential election—just 46 days away.
“Let this moment radicalize you,” Ocasio-Cortez said in the video, per BizPac Review. “Let this moment really put everything into stark focus because this election has always been about the fight of and for our lives. I need you to be ready.”
If your first inclination following the death of your favorite SCOTUS justice is to call for revolution, you were always just a fan of that justice’s politics, never the institutions she served, writes @BecketAdams.
Hell of a way to honor RBG's memory.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) September 19, 2020
The New York Democrat also threatened McConnell to honor Ginsburg’s final wish to be replaced by the next president.
“If Mitch McConnell is not going to honor RBG’s final wish, we will,” she said.
Ocasio-Cortez added: “Mass movements are the answer. We can, and must, fight. It will require each and every one of us, from the streets to the Senate.”
“We need to focus on voting for Joe Biden. I don’t care if you like him or not. Voting for Joe Biden is not about whether you agree with him,” she said. “It’s a vote to let our democracy live another day.”
BizPac Review reports:
Ocasio-Cortez said Ginsburg’s death was devastating because the Supreme Court is now on the verge of teetering to the right.
“It’s earth-shattering,” Ocasio-Cortez lamented. “This kind of vacancy and this kind of tipping point is the difference between people having reproductive rights, and the government controlling people’s bodies for them. It’s the difference between us having a future and our climate or not. And the timing of this vacancy is extremely unsettling and scary to a lot of people.”
AOC then slammed Senator Mitch McConnell for vowing to replace Ginsburg as soon as President Trump announces a nominee.
Watch her comments below:
— Eliza Orlins (@elizaorlins) September 19, 2020
People gathered Friday evening on the steps of the United States to honor Ginsburg.
There are a couple hundred people outside of the Supreme Court tonight, holding a silent memorial for the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg pic.twitter.com/N4vqjCOr41
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) September 19, 2020