Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) declared the Supreme Court faces a “crisis of legitimacy” and that two conservative justices should be impeached.
The “Squad” firebrand charged on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday that the high court “dramatically overreached its authority” by overturning Roe v. Wade. Furthermore, there should be “consequences for these jurists.”
Accusing the majority of a “hostile takeover” of American institutions, AOC blistered a pair of the court’s conservatives for “lying under oath” during the confirmation process. Further, she said future nominees know that they may also “lie” to gain confirmation to the Supreme Court.
As we all (re)learned during the previous administration, impeachment is a different and much easier proposal than actually removing a person from office.
AOC’s Sunday rampage even dug up old accusations against Justice Clarence Thomas for not disclosing income from political organizations as “impeachable.”
This is not the first time Ocasio-Cortez waded into impeachment waters. She tweeted in March that the process should be “on the table” for Thomas after it was revealed that his wife exchanged text messages with White House officials during the 2020 election controversy.
The New York congresswoman specifically called out Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch for “consequences.” This honor is due to Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Susan Collins (R-ME), who both suffer from buyer’s remorse after Friday’s ruling.
Collins issued a statement saying the decision is not aligned with what the nominees told her during the confirmation process. Manchin is “deeply disappointed” and “alarmed” at the reversal of a ruling that gave “stability” for nearly 50 years.
Both nominees used the term “precedent” to describe Roe v. Wade in their confirmation processes. Gorsuch described the case as “a precedent of the U.S. Supreme Court” and Kavanaugh described it as “settled as precedent.”
If legal precedents were followed in the way that Ocasio-Cortez prescribed, racial segregation would still be legal. Plessy v. Ferguson stood longer than Roe before its precedent status was thrown out by 1954’s Brown v. Board of Education ruling that declared separate is inherently unequal.
The left is busy playing word games and pretending there is a constitutional crisis because a ruling did not go their way. Previous courts, particularly in the 1950s and 60s, threw out precedent routinely in the name of “progress,” and liberals celebrated the “living” Constitution.