Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez turned to an unlikely ally to get revenge on Amy Coney Barrett
Democrats fumed over Senate Republicans confirming Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.
But anger quickly turned to action.
And Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez turned to an unlikely ally to get revenge on Amy Coney Barrett.
As soon as the Senate confirmed Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on a 52 to 48 vote Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez threw down the gauntlet.
Ocasio-Cortez pushed the nuclear option of court packing.
“Republicans do this because they don’t believe Dems have the stones to play hardball like they do. And for a long time they’ve been correct. But do not let them bully the public into thinking their bulldozing is normal but a response isn’t. There is a legal process for expansion.” Ocasio-Cortez added, “Expand the court.”
Nancy Pelosi also joined and endorsed variations of court packing where the Democrats would create more district and circuit courts so Joe Biden could pack them with left-wing justices that would always rule in the Democrats favor.
“I think that Joe Biden has given us a good path. He’s going to have something that people can understand why this is important. And I like something that Brian said about, not just the Supreme Court, but the other courts. […] In 1876, there were nine justices on the court. Our population has grown enormously since then. Should we expand the court? Well, let’s take a look and see. But not — and that relates to the nine district courts, maybe we need more district courts as well. And one other thing we need, we need for these justices to disclose their holdings.”
Americans oppose court packing by a nearly two to one margin as revealed by a recent New York Times/Siena poll.
Nancy Pelosi and Ocasio-Cortez have been at odds over Pelosi not wanting to hold votes on politically unpopular socialist wish list items like the Marxist “Green New Deal” and a complete government takeover of healthcare.
But on the issue of stacking the courts to ensure permanent Democrat dominance, they are on the same page.