Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been a icon of ignorance for the American left for a half-decade now, but she clearly hasn’t tired of the role one bit.
She proved that much on Sunday in a “State of the Union” interview when she claimed Congress needed to crack down on the Supreme Court for going off the reservation when it comes to leftist causes.
CNN host Dana Bash didn’t bother with any pushback, but AOC attracted plenty of attention on social media — and not the kind she could have wanted.
In the interview, the New York Democrat cited last week’s refreshing rulings by the court that overturned President Joe Biden’s vote-buying plan to forgive student loan repayments, upheld the meaning and power of the First Amendment and dumped, finally, affirmative action programs in colleges and universities that receive federal funding.
For AOC, these rulings, along with last year’s Dobbs decision that overturned Roe v. Wade, were a sign that the conservative-dominated court is “overreaching their authority.”
And she explained herself with typical dishonesty.
Check out the end of the interview here:
“These are the types of rulings that signal a dangerous creep toward authoritarianism and centralization of power in the courts,” Ocasio-Cortez said Sunday. “In fact, we have members of the court themselves, with Justice Elena Kagan saying that the court is beginning to assume the power of a legislature.”
Clearly, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez thinks — or wants her listeners to think — that the legislative branch of the federal government has powers that supersede the judicial branch. Of course, the Senate has the power to impeach federal judges for impropriety — but that’s part of the checks and balances brilliantly devised by the Founders.
Other than that, the separation of powers in the Constitution leaves AOC and colleagues as powerless over the working of the court as Justice Clarence Thomas nutcases in the House Democratic Conference.
It might be a surprise that a lawmaker in her third term appears not to know that, but AOC knows what her audience is and knows what they’ll listen to — truth, for leftists, is not the priority. Likewise, it might have been a surprise that an interviewer like Bash didn’t at least try to insert an objection or clarification, but Bash knows her CNN audience. Again, truth isn’t the priority.
Fortunately for the Republic, if not for Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, there were plenty out there willing to give her a quick tutoring: