Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.) is advocating the removal of Supreme Court justices who she says lied during their confirmation hearings when they assured senators that Roe vs. Wade was established precedent. “If we allow Supreme Court nominees to lie under oath and win lifetime appointments to the highest court in the land, and then hand down baseless…rulings that profoundly undermine the human and civil rights of the majority of Americans, we have to see this through,” the congresswoman said in an interview on Meet the press.
“I believe that lying under oath is an impenetrable offence,” she added, referring to Trump-appointed judges Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. “I believe that violating federal law by not disclosing the income of political organizations, as Clarence Thomas did years ago, is also potentially an impeachable offense. I believe that failure to recuse oneself from cases in which family members are clearly involved in very deep conflict of interest violations are also impeachable offences.
“I believe that [impeachment] is something that should be considered very seriously, including by senators like Joe Manchin and Susan Collins,” the MP added.
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Rep. Ocasio-Cortez: “There must be consequences for such deeply destabilizing action and hostile takeover of our Democratic institutions.” pic.twitter.com/VLU8jsafw2
– Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) June 26, 2022
Since the court released its decision on Friday, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Joe Manchin (DW. Va.) have said in statements that Gorsuch and Kavanaugh assured them during the confirmation process that they would not would not overrule the 1973 decision. “This decision is inconsistent with what Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh said in their testimony and meetings with me, where they both emphasized the importance of upholding the longstanding precedents on which the country has relied.” , Collins said in a statement following the decision.
Manchin also released a statement saying, “I trusted Judge Gorsuch and Judge Kavanaugh when they testified under oath that they also believed Roe vs. Wade was set legal precedent and I am alarmed that they chose to reject the stability the decision brought to two generations of Americans.
rolling stones his own reporting revealed that top Trump White House officials didn’t even consider Collins a threat to Kavanaugh’s confirmation. “The thinking of Trump…and everyone who worked to make this happen was that as long as his candidates didn’t say anything stupid [on abortion] and let the Susan Collins-es of the world think what they needed to think and hear what they needed to hear, then it would be done,” an unnamed former official said. rolling stone. Trump’s team believed, correctly, that Collins needed only a thin pretext to entice him to vote to confirm the two justices, but the pretext would be flimsy enough that the judges could later vote for it. cancel Roe against Wade. This is of course exactly what happened.
Besides impeachment, Ocasio-Cortez outlined potential actions the Biden administration could take to protect abortion. “What we need to do is show the American people that when they give power to the Democratic Party and they actually vote for us, we will use and we are ready to use the power they give us to deserve increased expansions in our majority,” she said before urging the Biden administration to expand abortion access through the pills. She also supported the government providing abortion care at clinics on federal land in red states, as endorsed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren and other Democratic senators.
Ocasio-Cortez also didn’t mince words when responding to Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s defense of his state’s abortion ban that only makes exceptions for life. of the mother, but not for incest or rape. While Hutchinson says he disagrees with Arkansas’ lack of an exception for rape and incest, it was the governor who signed the ban. Hutchinson told Chuck Todd in a Sunday morning interview that he “would have preferred a different outcome” than banning abortion in all cases in his state except to save the life of the mother (but still a times he signed the bill). “I would have preferred a different result than that. But that’s not today’s debate in Arkansas. It may be in the future. But so far the law has triggered with one exception,” Hutchinson said.
“I couldn’t disagree more with Governor Hutchinson,” the congresswoman said in response. “But I think what’s really important is to focus on this idea that the government – the governor and the Republican Party, and frankly the Republican legislature in Arkansas – cares about a woman’s life. and a mother’s life.”
Ocasio-Cortez went on to list all the ways Arkansas has failed to care for pregnant women and their children. “Governor Hutchinson governs a state that has the third highest maternal mortality rate in the United States,” she said. “Seventy-one percent of women who die [during pregnancy] are also black women. It’s a state with 26% child poverty, where one in four children live in…poverty in the state of Arkansas. And forcing women to carry pregnancies against their will will kill them. It will kill them, especially in the state of Arkansas, where there is very little or no support for life after birth, in terms of health care, child care and poverty alleviation. .
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“This decision and this policy will kill people, regardless of their turn and their arguments.” pic.twitter.com/ewGWtOcg7h
– Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) June 26, 2022
“This decision and this policy will kill people, no matter what their turn and their arguments,” she said. “And that’s what the data shows and that’s what the statistics show.”