Far-left Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) said during a press conference on Sunday that Democrats must be open to all options in their attempts to stop President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) from filling the Supreme Court seat that was vacated last week.
“Congresswoman, you mentioned being open to all ideas to buy time,” a reporter said to Ocasio-Cortez. “Would you be in support of potentially reviewing talks of impeachment hearings either against the attorney general or the president?”
“Well, you know, I think—I believe that certainly there has been an enormous amount of law-breaking in the Trump administration. I believe that Attorney General Barr is unfit for office and that he has pursued potentially law-breaking behavior,” Ocasio-Cortez claimed. “That being said, these are procedures and decisions that are largely up to House Democratic leadership. But I believe that also we must consider, again, all of the tools available to our disposal, and that all of these options should be entertained and on the table.”
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is open to impeaching @realDonaldTrump to stop him from filling the Supreme Court vacancy.
"We must consider, again, all of the tools available to our disposal & that all of these options should be entertained & on the table.”
Schumer nods in agreement. pic.twitter.com/cbkUqwNpUr
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) September 21, 2020
The remarks from Ocasio-Cortez, 30, follow similar remarks that were made earlier in the day by Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during an interview on ABC News’ “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos.
“Some have mentioned the possibility, if they try to push through a nominee in a lame duck session, that you and the House could move to impeach President Trump or Attorney General Barr as a way of stalling and preventing the Senate from acting on this nomination,” Stephanopoulos said.
Pelosi responded: “Well, we have our options. We have arrows in our quiver that I’m not about to discuss right now.”
Later in the interview, Stephanopoulos again pressed on the issue, asking, “But to clear, you’re not taking any arrows out of your quiver, you’re not ruling anything out?”
Pelosi responded: “Good morning. Sunday morning. The, uh, we have a responsibility, we take an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. We have a responsibility to meet the needs of the American people, uh, that, uh, is, uh, when the we weigh the equities of protecting our democracy requires us to use every arrow in our quiver.”
Is she ok? pic.twitter.com/hrKOTsEccA
— Rita Panahi (@RitaPanahi) September 20, 2020
A new Marquette Law School national survey found that solid majorities of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents want Supreme Court hearings to happen if a seat becomes vacant during an election year.
“In this poll, conducted in the days before Ginsburg’s death, a substantial majority of respondents of both parties say that if a vacancy occurred during the 2020 election year, the Senate should hold hearings on a nominee, with 67 percent saying hearings should be held and 32 percent saying they should not be held,” Marquette Law School said. “Views on holding hearings do not vary much by partisanship.”
The Daily Wire added: “The poll found that 68 percent of Republicans, 71 percent of Independents, and 63 percent of Democrats indicated that there should be hearings held if a seat became vacated during a presidential election year.”
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