AOC Warns McConnell Amid SCOTUS Fight: ‘Playing With Fire’

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) issued a warning to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Republican lawmakers as they move forward with expediting their plans to fill the Supreme Court vacancy following the death of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

On Sunday evening, Ocasio-Cortez appeared with Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) as she expressed concern about McConnell’s latest push to quickly fill Ginsburg’s seat in time for the upcoming general election.

With just weeks until the presidential election and early voting already underway in multiple states, Ocasio-Cortez is stressing the importance of using their voice.

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

She continued with a warning to McConnell as she insisted that he is “playing with fire” with the stance he has taken.

“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,” she said.

See Ocasio-Cortez’s remarks below:

Schumer also both expressed concern about McConnell’s attempt to replace Ginsburg before the election.

Schumer highlighted all of the laws and government policies that could be reversed if McConnell can get the number of votes needed to confirm President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.

The top-ranking Democrat called on American voters to stand up and fight back so their voices can be heard.

“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,” Schumer said.

See Schumer’s remarks below:

Ocasio-Cortez and Schumer’s latest remarks come just days after Ginsburg’s death and the series of events that followed. Just hours after Ginsburg’s death made headlines, McConnell released a statement vowing to fill the newly-vacated Supreme Court seat as soon as possible — most likely before the presidential election.


  1. I’m aghast you don’t see any correlation to the rise of progressives in the Democrat party and where we are right now.” Phoenix

    So, where ARE we right now? Have you got any less corruption yet? Yes, a little less. It’s a start. Engle is gone, for one. AOC got rid of Joe Crowley. Who got us that? The bought and paid for party elites? No, THEY want to stay corrupt. We won’t get much change until the corruption is lessened.

    Also, what do you profess the progressives have stopped the rest of the party from doing? They can’t even get their act together to back real and meaningful health care improvements, so if anything exists, it is either hidden very well or you are elevating something inconsequential. Come on.

  2. I’m saying when candidates do not set realistic expectations for voters, you cannot be surprised when (1) you disenfranchise voters – both voters upset when their progressive candidate are not chosen and moderates who are key to any national election – and (2) it rallies and even radicalizes opposing views.

    I’m aghast you don’t see any correlation to the rise of progressives in the Democrat party and where we are right now. Every progressive win you have celebrated and discredited any moderate Democrat wins this primary season – dont be shy about it now just because the only thing they have managed to do while in office is unite the opposing party and derail any level of compromise between parties.

    Those are truly noteable accomplishments!

  3. So you have no thoughts about the long-term impacts of the corruption in the party? Well, THAT has worked out so well for us since it started in the 1970s. Right? We now have just one party – the donor class party. An oligarchy. No Rs. No Ds. Just $s. Try competing against corrupt money in this country and see how far that gets you. Congratulations!

    How have progressives shaken up the system? We still have the crappiest, most costly and stupidest health INSURANCE system in the whole world. That isn’t shaken up at all. We still have a world that is going to cook us alive. Corporations have been freed up again to poison us and our home. How have progressives moved any needle with those things? We still wage forever wars, to keep the MIC donors happy. Progressives haven’t stopped any dying at home or abroad. The Democratic presidential candidate promised his big donors no change and has promised to veto any M4A bill if one succeeds in getting to his desk. He hasn’t even met with progressives, except Sanders. The party is now backing away from even a public option. A huge number of us are poor or on the edge.

    And you are telling us that the progressives have now taken over the party and stopped the party from doing whatever it wants? HOW? WHEN? WHO? You are afraid of necessary changes and are not fighting for any. Least of all you are not willing to make your own impact by VOTING for change. If there is no progress, look to yourself for one reason why.

  4. This is exactly what i told was my issue with progressives. No thought to long term impacts in their quest to shake up the system.

    Congrats. Its shaken up and now there will be no progress – incremental or not.

  5. Phoenix: you SHOULD be angry at the Democratic Party, but not for the reason you gave. Their corruption has got us to where we are today and it is the progressive wing which is trying to rectify that. You are just plain wrong.

  6. Surprised that Chuckie agrees withAOC. She is going to run against him next election. If you think he is bad for the country, wait for her.

  7. No, its not. Democrats failed to show up and vote. This stuff you’re saying right now? You SHOULD have been saying this in 2018. But you weren’t.

    Short term thinking has kicked the democrats in the butt. The LAST thing democrats should be doing is planning and warning MORE short term thinking consequences for Republicans following rules the Democrats put in place.

    I am angry. I am angry at the Democrats we have in office for not rallying before a crisis is imminent. For forgetting to rally voters and remind them what happens when you require perfection of politicians and forget the consequences when you do not show up to vote. Go away AOC – you and progressives have done enough to set back liberal goals for generations.

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