Briahna Joy Gray, former national press secretary for Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders, Manchin escalate fight over .5T spending bill Sanders blames media for Americans not knowing details of Biden spending plan Briahna Joy Gray: Proposals favored by Black voters 'first at the chopping block' in spending talks MORE’s (I-Vt.) 2020 presidential campaign, is pushing back on claims from some moderate Democrats that progressives who did not back Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits Biden sends 'best wishes' to Clinton following hospitalization The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Altria - Jan. 6 panel flexes its muscle MORE in 2016 are to blame for the conservative majority on the Supreme Court.
In an interview on Hill.TV “Rising,” Gray commented on the criticism she and other progressives on Twitter received after the Supreme Court this week refused to block the implementation of Texas’s “fetal heartbeat bill,” which prohibits virtually all abortions.
Some users on Twitter used this as evidence of the lasting impacts from the 2016 election, as former President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits Biden: Those who defy Jan. 6 subpoenas should be prosecuted Hillicon Valley — Presented by LookingGlass — Hackers are making big money MORE was able to appoint and get confirmed three conservative justices to the high court while in office.
However, Gray said that progressives are frustrated by Democrats’ use of the Supreme Court as a selling point to rally behind a single moderate candidate, arguing, “You actually have to provide something substantive instead of just bullying us and threatening us.”
“That’s not to say that there was a minimization of the consequences of what it would mean to have a conservative Supreme Court, but I was articulating what I observed, which is that frustration had reached a level that voters would no longer be bullied in that way without also being offered substantive policy reform,” she added.
Watch part of Gray’s interview above.