Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY-14) was on ABC News‘s “This Week” for an interview over the weekend where a wide-ranging number of topics were discussed. Among them was, of course, the impeachment debate as well as the 2020 election and if she’s ready to endorse any of the presidential candidates (she’s not).
During the interview, the freshman Congreswoman expressed her desire to see the President impeached, and said the issue went beyond polling and elections:
“Well, you know, I think for me this question has — should not be about polls, it should not be about elections. I think that — that impeachment is incredibly serious and this is about the presence and evidence that the president may have committed a crime, in this case more than one. And so I believe that — that our decision on impeachment should be based in our constitutional responsibilities and duties and not in elections or polling.
That being said, with the increase in polls I think the American people are now recognizing, in — in a much broader scale, the depth and the severity of the misconduct coming out of the White House and a demand to protect our institutions and protect the rule of law in the United States and — and at least opening an inquiry into — into possible misconduct.”
On the possibility of Trump being reelected, here’s what she had to say:
KARL: So, do you believe the Democrats will lose to Donald Trump if they don’t nominate somebody who is, in your mind, a true progressive along the lines you just described?
OCASIO-CORTEZ: Well, I think that we have a very real risk of losing the presidency to Donald Trump if we do not have a presidential candidate that is fighting for true transformational change in the lives of working people in the United States. I think that if we elect a president on half-measures that the American people don’t quite understand the agenda of a president, you know, a president that says we’re fighting for higher wages but we don’t want a $15 minimum wage, fighting for education but we don’t to make colleges tuition-free, fighting for women’s rights, et cetera, but we don’t want to go all the way with that, then I think we have a very real risk of losing the presidency.
Watch the segment where Ocasio-Cortez discusses her concerns about a Trump reelection below:
"I think that we have a very real risk of losing the presidency to Donald Trump if we do not have a presidential candidate that is fighting for true transformational change in the lives of working people in the United States," @AOC tells @jonkarl https://t.co/rATwt6zJSm pic.twitter.com/VhODdfb5SD
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) June 17, 2019
In response, President Trump took to the Twitter machine to rib the Congresswoman:
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. “I think we have a very real risk of losing the Presidency to Donald Trump.” I agree, and that is the only reason they play the impeach card, which cannot be legally used!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 16, 2019
Naturally, that didn’t go over well with AOC, who apparently believes she’s the only one in America who can’t be “fooled” by someone from Queens:
Mr. President, you’re from Queens.
You may fool the rest of the country, but I’ll call your bluff any day of the week.
Opening an impeachment inquiry is exactly what we must do when the President obstructs justice, advises witnesses to ignore legal subpoenas, & more.
Bye 👋🏽 https://t.co/4O9PNbYFki
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 17, 2019
Though she didn’t tie her concerns of a possible Trump reelection in directly with impeachment, the interview again raises questions about whether or not impeachment-happy Congressional Democrats are pushing so strongly for impeachment because they believe it might be the only way they can keep Trump from being elected to a second term.
Rep. Al Green (D-TX) has been on the impeachment train since shortly after Trump took office in 2017, and said last month he was worried that if Democrats didn’t proceed with impeachment that the President would be reelected.
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