Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) on Sunday said she thinks liberal Justice Stephen Breyer should retire at the end of the court’s term, which could allow President Biden to nominate his successor and a Democratic Senate to confirm a nominee.
Pressed by Dana Bash on CNN’s “State of the Union” on whether the 82-year-old justice should retire, Ocasio-Cortez said, “I’m inclined to say yes.”
“Just to be clear, you do think that Justice Stephen Breyer should retire at the end of this term?” Bash asked.
“You know, I — it’s something that I’d think about, but I would probably lean towards yes. But yes, you’re asking me this question, so I’ve just — I would give more thought to it but, but I’m inclined to say yes,” Ocasio-Cortez responded.
Earlier in the interview, when Bash asked Ocasio-Cortez if she agreed with Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-N.Y.), who in April called on Breyer to retire at the end of the term, Ocasio-Cortez said, “I believe Rep. Jones has a point.”
Mondaire in April said that “there’s no question” that Breyer should retire, adding, “My goodness, have we not learned our lesson?”
“We have had very difficult experiences with making, I believe, the opposite mistake, and especially if Senate Democrats are not going to pass reforms on H.R. 1, we cannot rely solely on a wish of winning elections, particularly in the Senate, when voting rights are under attack in Georgia, Arizona and Texas, across the country,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
“And if we’re not going to pass H.R. 1 with the preemptive clauses that can roll some of that voter suppression attacks back, yeah, I believe that we should protect our Supreme Court and that that should absolutely be a consideration,” she continued.