AOC Takes the Baton and Leads the Fight to Defend Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Legacy

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The country had just learned of the passing of iconic Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg when a tired and haggard Alexandria Ocasio-Cortéz turned to her social media to send a strong message: “it is not the time to give up.”

The young Bronx congresswoman was referring to the desolation that many of us felt when we learned not only that Notorious RBG had left us, but also the risk that the GOP would destroy her legacy in a matter of days.

“For those of you who don’t know, this vacancy on the court is extremely, extremely significant. It’s just earth-shattering, this kind of vacancy and this kind of tipping point is the difference between people having reproductive rights and the government controlling people’s bodies for them,” AOC said on live streaming.

“Now is the time to tune in. Now is the time to really key into our everyday decisions, and I want you to know that if you’re a person that’s saying, ‘I don’t know what to do right now,’ don’t worry. We’ve got you. We will support you,” she added.

And she delivered.

Two days later, Ocasio-Cortéz joined Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer to hold a joint press conference and explain to the country the route to block the Republicans’ intentions to fill Ginsburg’s seat before the November election.

Speaking from the late justice’s alma matter, James Madison High School in Midwood, AOC said Democrats must use “every tool at our disposal” to block a Senate confirmation hearing for any potential replacement nominated by President Trump, according to The New York Post. 

“We need to make sure we mobilize on an unprecedented scale to ensure this vacancy is reserved for the next president,” she said.

“We must also commit to using every procedural tool available to us to ensure that we buy ourselves the time necessary.” 

They pleaded with Americans to call Republican senators and pressure them into holding off on a vote. 

“So many people’s rights are at stake in this election,” said Schumer. “If you care about all these rights, if you don’t want big, powerful, wealthy special interests to turn the clock back 100 years, please, our fervent plea, our fervent wish, is that you call your senator.”

“This is one of the most important times that we have had for everyday people to stand up … We all need to be more courageous and act in unprecedented ways to make sure that our rights are stabilized.”

Echoing Ginsburg’s last wish before she died, Ocasio-Cortéz and Schumer called on voters to pressure their representatives and senators against the GOP’s move in the Senate.

“Call your senator and tell them not to listen to Mitch McConnell, not to be afraid of Mitch McConnell, to stand up and do the right thing,” Schumer said, referencing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) plan to hold a vote to confirm Trump’s nominee to replace Ginsburg.

The Democratic leader referred to McConnell’s hypocritical decision to support confirming whoever Trump announces as his nominee when back in 2016 they opposed they refused Obama the same right with his then-nominee Merrick Garland. 

“This is one of the most important times that we have had for everyday people to stand up,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “We all need to be more courageous, and we all must act in unprecedented ways to make sure that our rights are stabilized. And to Mitch McConnell, we need to tell him that he is playing with fire. We need to make sure that this vacancy is protected, that our election continues and that the American people have their say.”