Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is advocating impeachment for Supreme Court justices who she says lied during their confirmation hearings when they assured senators that Roe v Wade was an established precedent. “If we allow Supreme Court nominees to lie under oath and secure lifetime appointments to the highest court of the land and then issue, without basis, rulings that deeply undermine the human and civil rights of the majority of Americans, we must see that through,” the congresswoman said during an interview on Meet the Press.
“I believe lying under oath is an impeachable offense,” she added, referring to Trump-appointed Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. “I believe that violating federal law in not disclosing income from political organizations, as Clarence Thomas did years ago, is also potentially an impeachable offense. I believe that not recusing from cases that one clearly has family members involved in with very deep violations of conflict of interest are also impeachable offenses.”
I listened to the entirety of the questioning of Both Gorsuch and Kavanaugh before the Senate Judiciary Committee in confirmation hearings. Contrary to AOC’s pontification on television this past weekend, neither justice lied under oath.
So why her serious allegations against the pair?
Before answering, let’s look at Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) allegations against the pair.
Both Sen. Susan Collins and Joe Manchin have said in statements that Gorsuch and Kavanaugh assured them during the confirmation process that they would not overturn the 1973 ruling. “This decision is inconsistent with what Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh said in their testimony and their meetings with me, where they both were insistent on the importance of supporting long-standing precedents that the country has relied upon,” Collins said in a statement following the ruling.
Manchin issued a statement as well, saying, “I trusted Justice Gorsuch and Justice Kavanaugh when they testified under oath that they also believed Roe v Wade was settled legal precedent and I am alarmed they chose to reject the stability the ruling has provided for two generations of Americans.”
In addition to AOC, Collins, and Manchin, multiple Congressional Democrats and, of course, mainstream media pundits, have screamed the same allegations from the rooftops. Let’s look at just one.
Rolling Stone revealed that senior Trump White House officials didn’t even think of Collins as a threat to Kavanaugh’s confirmation. “The thinking from Trump and everybody else who worked to make this happen was that, as long as his nominees 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 get done,” an anonymous former official told Rolling Stone.
This trio of “confused” lawmakers obviously do not understand how the job as a Supreme Court Justice works. In examining past decisions of the Court, Justices have no choice but to examine ALL the case laws that went into each law that resulted in such a court decision before making any decision going forward. And there’s NO way any Justice can project what cases will come before the Court in the future! “Precedent” cases were “specific” cases with “specific” provisions 0n which “previous” opinions were made.
Aside from 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 the Democratic Party power and when they actually do vote for us, that we will be using and we are willing to use the power that they do give us in order to merit increased expansions in our majority,” she said before urging the Biden administration to expand abortion access through pills. She also supported the government providing abortion care at clinics on federal lands in red states, as Sen. Elizabeth Warren and other Democratic senators have endorsed.
Ocasio-Cortez also did not mince words when responding to Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s defense of the trigger abortion ban in his state that only makes exceptions for the life of the mother but not incest or rape. While Hutchinson claims he disagrees with Arkansas’ lack of an exception for rape and incest, he is the governor who signed the ban into law. Hutchinson told Chuck Todd during an interview Sunday morning that he “would’ve preferred a different outcome” than to ban abortion in all cases in his state except to save the life of the mother (but again, he signed the bill). “I would’ve preferred a different outcome than that. But that’s not the debate today in Arkansas. It might be in the future. But for now, the law triggered with only 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 honing in on this idea that the government — the governor, and the Republican Party, and frankly the Republican legislature in Arkansas — cares about the life of a woman and life of a mother.”
Ocasio-Cortez continued by listing all the ways Arkansas has failed to care for pregnant women and their children. “Governor Hutchinson governs over a state that has the third-highest maternal mortality in the United States,” she said. “Seventy-one percent of the women who die [during pregnancy] are Black women as well. This is a state that has 26% child poverty, where one in four children are living 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 to no support for life after birth, in terms of health care, in terms of childcare, and in terms of combating poverty.”
It’s to be noted that AOC is NOT a physician, not an economist, not a statistician, has NEVER been to Arkansas, and has a “Queens, NY perspective” of a state 1500 miles away. Of course, since she’s a far-left Democrat, she’s qualified to opine on anything and everyone should swallow her swill just because she’s AOC!
U.S. Supreme Court “Case Precedence”
It’s amazingly hypocritical — and outright dangerous to the nation — for Democrats in leadership to promote violence and unconstitutional actions against ANY Supreme Court justice for ANYTHING! Yet, Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Maxine Waters (D-CA), and even Senators Susan Collins and Joe Manchin (details above) are spitting mad at Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch for what these senators and other lawmakers are labeling “lying under oath.” Do any of these lawmakers even know what they are alleging and how stupid and dangerous it is?
First, EVERY Supreme Court justice nominated in modern times is asked over and over by members of the Senate Judiciary Committee for their opinions on specific issues that either have or are expected to come before the Court. In every such circumstance, each nominee is bound by judicial standards that exist for EVERY level of judge precludes these and other nominees from replying with specifics about any case. Why? If such a case DOES come before their court in a case they would be prejudiced and would therefore be required to recuse themselves from any such case because of “judicial bias.”
So to what were these two Court nominees referring when responding to these questions from lawmakers? Precedence.
When a Supreme Court makes a determination on ANY case before it, its decision becomes a historical benchmark for use in any “similar” case that should be brought before the Court in the future. Their finding in that particular case sets a “precedent.”
Here’s what Democrats are lying to the American people about when they scream “Precedent, Precedent, Precedent!” Future cases “may” be similar to the case in which the precedent references in future consideration. But no two cases are exactly identical. In fact, if they were, the Supreme Court would NEVER take up that “new” case! Why? Because its finding set a “Precedent” for any such “future” case with the exact extenuating circumstances.
These Democrats are screaming their heads off about Gorsuch and Kavanaugh for lying to them about the “Precedent” established in Roe v Wade that “legalized abortion nationwide.”
Roe did NOT legalize abortion nationwide! In fact, the Court’s opinion did not use abortion as a basis for its findings. It went around a huge circle and used women’s healthcare rights as a justification for codifying abortions’ legality. In fact, numerous constitutional law experts for 50 years have been warning that if a case ever came back to the Court challenging this very thing, Roe would be overturned. NO previous case has done so. The Mississippi Dobbs case is the FIRST one to do so.
There was NO Supreme Court “precedent” for any Court opinion for any case similar to this Mississippi Dobbs case. Therefore, the 5-4 finding of this Supreme Court that abortion is NOT illegal, but being “portrayed” as a Constitutionally guaranteed right was and is INCORRECT.
THERE IS NO ABORTION RIGHT EVEN MENTIONED IN THE U.S. CONSTITUTION! THE WORD “ABORTION” IS NOT IN THE CONSTITUTION!
Anyway, the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned Supreme Court precedents 223 times previously!
Were any of those Justices or their families threatened, attacked, or impeached?
Why the wailing and gnashing of teeth by the Left? Think for a moment about the obvious answer to that question:
- Democrats are facing a shellacking in the midterms that may rival any previous such debacle;
- The economy is in tatters;
- Inflation is at an all-time high;
- Gasoline, groceries, transportation, housing, EVERYTHING, is priced higher than ever;
- Families face $5000-$7000 more in costs to pay in 2022 than they paid in 2021;
- The Biden Administration and Congress — totally controlled by Democrats — have given Americans NO solutions for the problems that THEY have created!
Democrats need a “straw man” at which to level their hatred and anger to convince Americans that will destroy the nation if we allow that “straw man” to take control.
There’s NO such “Straw Man!”
To finish this, consider this one thing: When any elected official in any branch of the U.S. Government refuses to accept responsibility for any of the ills of that time, a bell should ring in all of our heads. That means they have no answers and are certainly responsible for the bad things that are happening. Good leaders TAKE responsibility when their actions bring negative results.
In case you haven’t noticed, adding trillions of dollars in giveaway dollars to Americans has NOT fixed our economy. In fact, doing that is in large part THE reason for that list of problems above for which Democrats have no solutions.
Here’s the point of factual information that MUST be addressed by all our leaders in Washington before our nation can get moving forward again: The Supreme Court and its process were purposely established to NOT be political. For AOC, Maxine Waters, Chuck Schumer, and other sycophant lunatics in D.C. to threaten the impeachment of Justices for lying about precedence or to increase the number of Justices just to give one part a political majority on the Court will be the death nail in the actual representative republic structure of our nation and will begin its hasty and total demise.
Everyone on Earth knows that — except for these intellectual midgets that have been given titles that come with political power.
By the way: these leftists should be doing some constructive things about abortion instead of screaming for a “federal law” that codifies it: abortion is now legal in all 50 states UNLESS the people in each state make abortion illegal through their elected legislative bodies!
How about just creating a political plan to sell to the people of the states you 535 members of Congress represent and convince those people abortion should be legal in your state?
That would mean they’d have to spend time in their states and districts actually selling “facts” to their constituent voters. That’d be too hard! It’s much easier to call their lapdog media mouthpieces to their offices and throw them a bone to get THEM to sell to the American population on a national level.
Hmm…one will always get from something that they’re willing to put “in” to achieve the desired result.
That would require AOC to get one-on-one with people who can relate to the former bartender-turned-U.S. Representative and her expertise in U.S. Law.
Just an AOC note: In Justice Sotamayor’s confirmation hearing, she was asked if same-sex marriage was a Constitutional right . Her EXACT response was, “There is NO Constitutional provision that makes same-sex marriage a Constitutional right.” She voted in the majority that actually stated same-sex marriage IS a Constitutional right.
AOC pointed to lying under oath is an impeachable offense. Should Sotamayor be expecting impeachment proceedings to begin?