AOC blasts Democrats for sending ‘demoralizing’ Roe fundraising emails and telling people ‘go vote’
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez criticized fellow Democrats over the weekend for simply telling Americans to vote in November’s midterm elections in response to national outcry over the Supreme Court lifting federal abortion protections.
The New York progressive party also targeted its party leaders for sending out campaign fundraisers shortly after the ruling was issued on Friday.
“In a crisis of legitimacy, the solution Biden + Dem leaders must provide may be not just a vote, but statute and authority,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter on Saturday.
She pointed to recent polls showing that the majority of Americans view the Supreme Court as biased or illegitimate.
A CBS News poll released Sunday found that 52 percent of Americans view the overthrow of Roe v. Wade as a “step backwards.”
“For the times when we DO push for elections, we must be ACCURATE with what we need and we will do with that power,” the lawmaker continued.
How many seats does the party need to codify Roe? DEM has to SAY THAT. Not just “go vote” or “give us $6 to win.” That is demoralizing, losing, unfocused nonsense.’
The conservative-majority court voted 5-4 to quash the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade case, which ruled abortion under the constitutional right to privacy.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez spent nearly an hour on Instagram Live spreading her party’s posts on Roe v. Wade and outlining what grassroots level individuals could do to help women who need abortions
The three liberal judges Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Stephen Breyer voted against. Chief Justice John Roberts agreed that he would have upheld Mississippi’s law prohibiting abortion after 15 weeks, but disagreed with the state’s request to overthrow Roe altogether.
The Supreme Court’s destruction of five decades of precedent had an almost immediate effect on millions of women. The ruling has already forced a seismic shift to female reproductive health across the country, with the procedure banned in nine states as of Sunday.
Ocasio-Cortez urged followers in an Instagram Live video on Saturday that President Joe Biden and her party leaders asking people to elect more Democrats in response wasn’t enough, undermining a cornerstone of their mid-term strategy for November.
‘Voting is important, but it’s – It’s necessary, but not enough. you feel me? Voting is necessary, but not enough. So just telling people in general to vote vaguely doesn’t make sense,” she said.
“Where to vote, which races are most important, which seats to protect, where to turn around — that matters, but then also, you know, what we do on the ground, organize at the grassroots, etc.”
She demanded that Biden present to Americans between now and November “what options are there” so that we don’t shrug our shoulders for five months and wait and see where the wind blows in the election.”
The legislator reprimanded party leaders for sending out fundraising emails like this one within hours of the decision having an immediate effect on millions of women
She aimed more directly at President Joe Biden and party leaders on Twitter
Shortly after it was released, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee—the House Democrats’ fundraising arm—sent an email from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asking voters to “rush three dollars to protect our pro-choice majority.” and expand’.
Ocasio-Cortez suggested the Democrats had “no plan” to show they wanted to win the election.
“No plan is no plan. Fear is not a plan, hiding in our rooms is not a plan, and asking people for $6 all the time is not a plan. Okay? We need a plan,” she said in her video.
“What we don’t need are why-we-can’t-lists. What we don’t need is people getting smaller and smaller, others’ ideas without presenting alternatives.’
The Biden administration led criticism of the Supreme Court decision, with Attorney General Merrick Garland calling it a “devastating blow to reproductive freedom in the United States.”
He also went on to protect abortion pills as a federally legal option.
Biden addressed the nation on Friday, which he said was a “sad day for the court and for the country.”
On Friday, the Supreme Court’s conservative majority voted to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling
It is the most significant reversal of judicial precedent in modern court history
On the right to abortion, the president said, “They haven’t restricted it. They just took it away. That has never been done with a right that is so important to so many Americans.”
He pledged to “do everything in my power” to protect women’s reproductive health, but in turn urged Americans to come to the polls in November — an election that had hitherto been expected to it would bring gains to the Republicans.
“Roe will be at the ballot box this fall. Personal liberties are on the agenda. The right to privacy, liberty, equality, they’re all on the ballot,” Biden said.
Ocasio-Cortez, who has a safe blue seat, argued against the broader message, instead spending nearly an hour breaking down what individuals can do, such as shelter women in need in their homes and donate directly to abortion funds. .
She called on Biden more directly on Twitter and repeated progressive calls to expand the Supreme Court beyond its current nine judges.
“The President & Dem leaders can no longer get away with the familiar tactics of ‘committees’ and ‘studies’ to avoid tackling our crises head-on,” she wrote.
“Limit judicial review … Open clinics on federal land … Expand the courts … Increase the Fed’s access to/awareness of abortion pills.”