Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is mincing no words on Twitter this weekend about the caution by certain moderate members of her party regarding efforts to impeach President Donald Trump.
That caution is maintained mostly by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who became visibly irritated recently when reporters repeatedly asked her about House impeachment intentions.
AOC wrote to her large Twitter following late on Saturday that Democrats’ “refusal” to bounce Trump out of office was a “bigger national scandal” than what she insists is the president’s “lawbreaking behavior.”
Here’s her tweet late on Saturday night.
At this point, the bigger national scandal isn’t the president’s lawbreaking behavior – it is the Democratic Party’s refusal to impeach him for it.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 22, 2019
“Calls for impeachment have grown louder from some Democrats in the wake of last week’s news that a purported ‘whistleblower’ had expressed concern about a phone call said to have taken place between President Trump and the leader of Ukraine, in which Trump allegedly sought information about 2020 Democratic front-runner Joe Biden, whose son Hunter Biden had business dealings in Ukraine,” noted Fox News on this issue.
But AOC’s tweeted declaration did not go without notice.
James Fallows, an author and speechwriter for former President Jimmy Carter, said the congresswoman was overstating the case in ripping members of her own party for restraint about impeachment.
“This is ‘false equivalence’ of its own sort,” Fallows wrote in response to the AOC comments. “What Trump is doing remains objectively the biggest threat, scandal, and problem. Second-ranking: the silent acquiescence of the GOP Senate. Then: It’s time for the House to act,” as Fox News also noted.
Ocasio-Cortez had to reply to that.
“It is one thing for a sitting president to break the law,” she wrote. “It’s another to let him. The integrity of our democracy isn’t threatened when a president breaks the law. It’s threatened when we do nothing about it. The GOP’s silence & refusal to act shouldn’t be a surprise. Ours is,” she declared.
It is one thing for a sitting president to break the law. It’s another to let him.
The integrity of our democracy isn’t threatened when a president breaks the law. It‘s threatened when we do nothing about it.
The GOP’s silence & refusal to act shouldn’t be a surprise. Ours is.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 22, 2019
Meanwhile, some of the leading 2020 candidates for the Democratic nomination have been speaking out about impeachment efforts as well.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), for example, took what appears to be a shot at Pelosi, who has not wanted to charge ahead with impeachment proceedings against the president because she has said the American people don’t want that and that Congress needs to have all the facts before it does that.
“Donald Trump did everything he could to obstruct justice,” Warren said at an Iowa campaign event. “I read all 448 pages [of former special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report] and when I got to the end, I called for the impeachment of Donald Trump.”
“Congress failed to act,” Warren added, “and now Donald Trump has shown that he believes he is above the law. He has solicited another foreign government to attack our election system.”
Warren spoke on the campus of the University of Iowa on Thursday night — and drew a crowd of 2,000 that her campaign said was her largest showing in Iowa to date. Her town hall at the Iowa Memorial Union on campus kicked off her 12th visit to the first-in-the-nation caucus state since she announced her White House run.
Warren also tweeted a very strong message on Friday about the topic — and included this strong directive to Congress: “Do your constitutional duty and impeach the president.”
After the Mueller report, Congress had a duty to begin impeachment. By failing to act, Congress is complicit in Trump’s latest attempt to solicit foreign interference to aid him in US elections. Do your constitutional duty and impeach the president.
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) September 20, 2019
A little over a week ago, Pelosi became visibly annoyed at media members when they repeatedly asked her about movement on impeachment.
She said she supported what the House Judiciary Committee, led by Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), has been doing.
“Impeachment is a very divisive measure,” she then stated, “but if we have to go there, we have to go there, but we can’t go there unless we have the facts. And we will follow the facts, and we will follow the obstruction the president is making … and make a decision when we’re ready.”
“That’s the only question. That’s all I’m going to say about this subject, and there’s nothing different from one day to the next. We’re still on our same path,” she added.
She said the American public wants Congress to be careful on this topic.
Not everyone agrees with that — see this tweet below, for example.
Millions of Americans showed up at the polls in 2018 to elect a Congress that would hold Trump accountable and protect our democracy.
Speaker Pelosi is letting us down.
It's time for Congress to do its job, protect our Constitution, and impeach Donald Trump.
No more excuses.
— Sean Eldridge (@SeanEldridge) September 21, 2019
AOC’s tweets on Saturday night, of course, are hardly the first time the young progressive and newly minted congresswoman has challenged leaders of her party on certain key issues.
AOC and other members of the so-called Democratic squad have pushed for the radical Green New Deal, among other far-Left policies.
Pelosi and AOC held a private meeting in July and appeared to mend fences over their approach — but with the return now of Congress after its long August break, it appears AOC is returning to her earlier aggressive actions.
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