New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has urged Americans to “grow in courage, strength and strategy” – from “the streets to the Senate” – in the wake of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, weeks before a crucial November election that could determine the fate of the US Supreme Court for generations.
“We have lost a giant in the history of our nation with the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” she said on Twitter. “It is heartbreaking that in her final moments she was, as are many others, preoccupied with what would happen after her passing. I want to make one thing clear: we can, and must, fight.”
The Democratic congressman said “now is not the time for cynicism or hopelessness.”
“There is and continues to be political possibility to preserve our democracy [and] move forward,” she said. “It will require each [and] every one of us, from the streets to the Senate, to grow in courage, strength and strategy. But it is possible.”
The death of the longtime liberal justice on the nation’s high court, and Donald Trump and his allies’ commitment to filling her vacancy before Election Day, has signalled “the fight of and for our lives,” the congresswoman said.
“That has always been true, [and] it becomes more true each day,” she said. “Opponents of democracy need your resignation to succeed. Don’t give it to them. … You do not need to, nor should you, ignore your fears – there is plenty to be afraid of – but we have possibilities before us.”