Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is "inclined to say yes" as to whether Justice Stephen Breyer should retire from the Supreme Court in the coming weeks so President Joe Biden can nominate a liberal jurist to replace him.
In April, Breyer said liberal advocates of big changes at the Supreme Court, including expanding the number of justices, should think "long and hard" about what they're proposing.
Ocasio-Cortez, the two-term representative from NY who's arguably the most high profile progressive in Congress and the most well-known of the group of diverse of lawmakers on the left known as "the Squad", was asked Sunday in an interview on CNN's "State of the Union" whether Breyer should retire.
"I would give more thought to it, but I'm inclined to say yes", she said.
"And if we're not going to pass HR 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 I bet that should absolutely be a consideration".
The lawmaker's comments come after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg a year ago, which allowed former President Trump to put a third conservative justice on the bench.
During his one term in office, President Donald Trump appointed three justices to the court. At 82, Breyer is the oldest judge on the court.
Ocasio-Cortez said she needed to give more thought to the issue but said she ultimately believed that Breyer should retire from the court. 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?" "My goodness, have we not learned our lesson?" All of his nominees were confirmed by the Senate.
He noted, for example, that despite the court's conservative majority, the court in the past year refrained from getting involved in the 2020 election, delivered a victory to Louisiana abortion clinics and rejected former President Donald Trump's effort to end legal protections for immigrants who were brought to the United States as children.
And in 2018, Trump nominated Justice Brett Kavanaugh to fill the seat vacated by Justice Anthony Kennedy, who retired that year.