Ocasio-Cortez Threatens Supreme Court Justices

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What is she thinking?

Following the hotly anticipated Roe v. Wade ruling by the Supreme Court, many liberals and Democrats have come out to strongly condemn the court’s decisions; on Sunday (June 26), it was Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-N.Y.) turn, saying Justices should face “consequences” for lying under oath.

Appearing on NBC News’s “Meet the Press,” Ocasio-Cortez told moderator Chuck Todd that the Supreme Court had “dramatically overreached its authority,” creating a “crisis of legitimacy” that needed to be addressed by President Joe Biden.

She then suggested that conservative Justices who “misled” Americans regarding their support for Roe v. Wade during their confirmation hearings be impeached.

“If we allow Supreme court nominees to lie under oath to secure lifetime appointments to the highest court of the land and then issue — without basis if you read these opinions — rulings that deeply undermine the human civil rights of the majority of Americans, we must that through,” the Congresswoman stated alluding to the potential of pursuing impeachment.

Ocasio-Cortez continued, “There must be consequences for such a deeply destabilizing action and the hostile takeover of our democratic institutions.”

The New York Democrats’ statements come after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, returning the decision regarding abortion laws to the state. The ruling was passed 6-3, with Justices voting on ideological lines, as expected.

However, following the ruling Conservative Justices Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh, Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, and Samuel Alito — each voting in the majority to overturn Roe — were facing increased criticism for dodging questions about the landmark case during their respective nomination hearings or saying they wouldn’t overturn the precedent.

Referencing this criticism, Ocasio-Cortez noted that lying under oath is an impeachable offense, adding, “What makes it particularly dangerous is that it sends a blaring signal to all future nominees that they can now lie to duly elected members of the United States Senate in order to secure a Supreme Court confirmation.”