AOC calls for expanding court, slams Trump for ‘classist, disgusting’ comments
AOC responded to remarks made by the President about her college education and shared her thoughts on the Supreme Court.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez used her Twitter account to respond to recent shots aimed at her creditability by President Donald Trump.
On his campaign trail on Monday, POTUS gave a speech in Pennsylvania and cast doubt on AOC’s college degree in an effort to appeal to voters in the large swing-state. According to Maggie Haberman, a White House correspondent for the New York Times and analyst for CNN, the president asked “She did go to college, right?” in reference to the 31-year-old as a taunt.
AOC responded on Twitter by confirming she does have a degree, however, it is not required to do important work. She called out the classist behavior of the GOP for their treatment of citizens who have professional jobs that do not require higher education. The New York rep also clarified she has hired several people without degrees who have done “incredible, effective, and strategic work.”
“The more college costs soar, the more degrees become a measure privilege than competence. Our country would be better off if we made public colleges tuition-free & cancelled student loan debt,” she tweeted.
This is not the only recent issue AOC has pressed on social media. After the Republican Senate confirmed Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, she continued to press the issue of expanding the court.
“Expand the court,” the Bronx-born congresswoman tweeted.
Her sentiments were backed up by Rep. Ilhan Omar who retweeted the message and added her own statement.
“Remember that Republicans have lost 6 of the last 7 popular votes, but have appointed 6 of the last 9 justices,” she Tweeted. “By expanding the court we fix this broken system and have the court better represent the values of the American people.”
A push to expand the number of seats on the Supreme Court has not been met with support by Democratic presidential nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden. NPR reported the hopeful POTUS spoke on the issue following a campaign event in Cincinnati, Ohio earlier this month.
“I’ve already spoken: I’m not a fan of court-packing, but I don’t want to get off on that whole issue. I want to keep focused,” he remarked.
The outlet reported his political history reflects opposition to expanding the court. NPR found during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in 1983, Biden spoke against former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt‘s attempts to add seats to SCOTUS.
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