Socialist Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York was lambasted over her bizarre response to the decision Thursday by the Supreme Court against affirmative action in higher education.
Ocasio-Cortez added her voice to the bitter, angry chorus of liberals decrying the decision, but she added her own interpretation that many found lacking online.
“If SCOTUS was serious about their ludicrous ‘colorblindness’ claims, they would have abolished legacy admissions, aka affirmative action for the privileged,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.
“70% of Harvard’s legacy applicants are white. SCOTUS didn’t touch that – which would have impacted them and their patrons,” she added.
Critics of the far-left activist pointed out that it would have been impossible for the Supreme Court to abolish legacy admissions without a current case opposing the policy going before the court.
“Legacy admissions are not covered under the Constitution. But Liberals in charge at Harvard, UNC, etc can end them TODAY. WHY AREN’T LIBERALS DEMANDING THEY DO THAT?” responded Pradheep Shanker of National Review.
“One would hope a sitting congresswoman has at least a working grasp of how law and courts work. One would be deeply disappointed,” replied attorney Scott Greenfield.
“If you want them to rule on legacy admissions, have someone bring a case about legacy admissions. (Or Congress could ban it!). The Court only hears the cases brought before it,” tweeted Dan McLaughlin of National Review.
“Why would the Supreme Court abolish something that wasn’t even at issue in the case they heard? This is exactly what is wrong with progressive ideas about the judiciary: they just see it as a super-legislature, not as a branch that adjudicates constitutional cases it receives,” responded podcaster Mike Coté.
“Absolute gibberish,” read another popular response. “There is no case before SCOTUS that is related to legacy admissions. Also, the Constitution specifically disallows racial discrimination, not privelages for relatives of alumni. That’s what makes this a legal issue, instead of just a policy preference.”
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas offered a scathing argument against affirmative action in his concurrent opinion.
“Racialism simply cannot be undone by different or more racialism. Instead, the solution announced in the second founding is incorporated in our Constitution: that we are all equal, and should be treated equally before the law without regard to our race,” wrote Thomas.
“Only that promise can allow us to look past our differing skin colors and identities and see each other for what we truly are: individuals with unique thoughts, perspectives, and goals, but with equal dignity and equal rights under the law,” he added.
Here’s more about the decision against affirmative action:
Supreme Court guts affirmative actionwww.youtube.com
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