AOC says RBG’s death should ‘radicalize’ Democrats and make choosing Joe Biden the ‘focus’ – saying ‘I don’t care if you don’t like him’
- Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez addressed her followers on Instagram on Friday
- “Let this moment radicalize you,” she said of Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death
- Called the vacancy left in the Supreme Court “earth-shattering” in importance
- Urged her supporters to vote for Joe Biden whether they like him or not
- November elections will be ‘a vote to make democracy live another day’
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has said the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader-Ginsburg should “radicalize” Democrats and urge her supporters to vote for Joe Biden whether they “like him or not.”
“ Let this moment radicalize you, ” Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat, said in a 40-minute Instagram Live video Posted late Friday, which was viewed by over 1.5 million people within 12 hours.
‘Let this moment really bring everything into focus, because this election was always about the struggle of and for our lives. And if anything, it’s going to be clearer to more people tonight than ever before, ”she continued.
“ It’s earth-shattering, this kind of vacancy, ” she said of the place now open to the highest court in the country, opening a path for President Donald Trump to nominate a replacement for the liberal justice system with the presidential election over just several weeks.
“Let this moment radicalize you,” Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat, said in a 40-minute Instagram Live video posted late Friday.
“These kinds of job openings and this kind of tipping point is the difference between people with reproductive rights and the government controlling people’s organs for them,” she said, referring to the fight against abortion.
“It’s the difference between having a future and our climate or not, and the timing of this job opening is extremely troubling and terrifying for a lot of people,” she added.
Ocasio-Cortez, the freshman leader of the so-called “squad” of progressive House Democrats, said Ginsburg’s death was a “tipping point” and urged her followers to take action by saying, “I want you ready.”
“No president is the answer,” she said. ‘You are the answer. Mass movements are the answer. ‘
She encouraged her supporters to take action by double-checking their voter registration, urging friends and family to vote, and freeing up their time and talent to organize for the election.
Ocasio-Cortez called the Supreme Court vacancy created by Ginsburg’s death “ earth-shaking ” and said it would be a “ tipping point ”
“ Vote for Joe Biden, it’s not about whether you like him or not, it’s a vote to make democracy live another day, ” said Ocasio-Cortez
Ocasio-Cortez, who supported Democratic Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders in the Democratic presidential primary, also cited ideological divisions in her party and urged her followers to rally around the more moderate Biden now.
“Voting for Joe Biden, it’s not about whether you like him or not, it’s a vote to make democracy live another day,” she said.
“We need to focus on voting for Joe Biden. I don’t care if you like him or not, ‘she added.
Biden has called on Trump to hold off on nominating a replacement for Ginsburg until after the November election, but the president is widely expected to go ahead with a nomination.
Senate leader Mitch McConnell said on Friday that Trump’s candidate would get a vote on the Senate floor.
Ginsburg was considered the leader of the court’s liberal bloc, and her replacement by a judicial conservative judge could have far-reaching consequences.