Ocasio-Cortez says Breyer should retire from Supreme Court The Hill

Rodiano Bonacci
Giugno 14, 2021

Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" called for Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer to retire at the end of the court's term and allow President Biden to nominate his successor.

Some progressive are urging Breyer to step down now - while the Democrats control both the White House and the Senate, which confirms Supreme Court justices - so he can be succeed by another younger but equally progressive-minded justice.

During an appearance on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday, Ocasio-Cortez was asked whether she agreed with comments made earlier this year by her colleague, New York Rep. Mondaire Jones, who called on Breyer to retire. "I would give more thought to it, but I'm inclined to say yes".

CNN has reached out to the Supreme Court for comment on Ocasio-Cortez's remarks. Her death past year at age 87 - during then-President Trump's term in office and while the Republicans still controlled the Senate - allowed Trump to place a third conservative justice on the Supreme Court.

Ginsburg, who had health challenges in the latter stages of her life, died of cancer in September of previous year - less than two months before the presidential election.

Obama's successor, Donald Trump, a Republican, was able to appoint three new justices to the high court, including one to fill Ginsburg's seat. In 2017, President Donald Trump nominated Justice Neil Gorsuch to the court to fill the seat that opened when Justice Antonin Scalia died in 2016.

'We have had very hard experiences with making, I believe, the opposite mistake, ' Ocasio-Cortez said on Sunday, a reference to Ginsburg's decision not to retire.

Breyer is now the oldest serving justice. "Who you would prefer on the court than me?" At 82, Breyer is the oldest judge on the court.

Ocasio-Cortez is the second Democrat in Congress to publicly call for Breyer, who was appointed to the bench by then-President Bill Clinton in 1994, to retire.

Mondaire in April argued that "there's no question" that Breyer should step down, adding "my goodness, have we not learned our lesson?" Bash drilled down on this point shortly after by asking the congresswoman, "Just to be clear, you do think that Justice Steven Breyer should retire at the end of this term?"

The court's current term is over at the end of the month.

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