AOC, Ilhan Omar tweet ‘expand the court’ after Barrett confirmation
New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called for more seats to be added to the Supreme Court — shortly after Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed as the newest justice on the bench Monday evening.
“Expand the court,” the Bronx-born congresswoman wrote on Twitter.
Her message was re-tweeted by fellow “squad” member Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.).
“Remember that Republicans have lost 6 of the last 7 popular votes, but have appointed 6 of the last 9 justices,” Omar added.
“By expanding the court we fix this broken system and have the court better represent the values of the American people.”
Their calls echoed those of other lefties who have recently suggested upping the number of justices on the currently nine-member high court — amid the rush to confirm Barrett for the seat of late liberal icon Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
“Republicans do this because they don’t believe Dems have the stones to play hardball like they do,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.
“And for a long time they’ve been correct. But do not let them bully the public into thinking their bulldozing is normal but a response isn’t. There is a legal process for expansion.”
It is believed Barrett — President Trump’s third appointment to the court — will cement a conservative majority for decades, infuriating Democrats.
Senate Republicans pushed through Barrett’s nomination on a near party-line vote, with unanimous opposition from Dems.
With Post wires
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