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Ocasio-Cortez Panics When Asked to Actually Explain Why Trump Should Be Impeached: ‘Like, There’s Just So Much’

Ocasio-Cortez Panics When Asked to Actually Explain Why Trump Should Be Impeached: ‘Like, There’s Just So Much’

“Man, number three.” 

After claiming there are “so many” impeachable offenses committed by President Donald Trump, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., struggled mightily when asked to name three during an interview Sunday evening on Yahoo News’ “Skullduggery” podcast.

Earlier in the interview, Ocasio-Cortez repeatedly stressed her emphatic support for impeaching the president, saying “you could reach in a bag and pull so many things out that are impeachable of this president.”

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When “Skullduggery” hosts Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman asked if she would sign on to a resolution to impeach Trump introduced by Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., Ocasio-Cortez responded in the affirmative.

“Yeah. There are just so many things,” she said.

Isikoff challenged the freshman congresswoman to name the “top three” offenses she would choose if she were drafting articles of impeachment against the president.

Ocasio-Cortez had no problem naming her first choice. “The top three? I think number one is emoluments. I think it’s always been emoluments. It’s always been about that for me,” she said.

But when Isikoff asked for “two and three,” things got dicey.

“Two and three. I think two would be tax fraud. And number three, um,” Ocasio-Cortez said before taking a pause that lasted several seconds. “Man, number three.”

Isikoff attempted to assist Ocasio-Cortez by bringing up the Trump-Russia investigation that has dominated headlines and Democratic party rhetoric for the past two years.

“Interesting that you don’t mention Russia,” Isikoff probed.


“No, I don’t. Because I think that for a lot of aspects of the Russia investigation, as we saw with the Mueller report, I think there are a lot of parts of the Russia issue that some down to emoluments,” Ocasio-Cortez replied. “Pay-for-play, financial transactions, Trump Tower. It comes down to money. And if we had gotten something from the Mueller report I would probably put that up there as number one, but I feel like it is a little risky to put all your eggs in that basket.”

Klaidman asked the Bronx native what specifically she had in mind regarding the president’s alleged tax fraud.

“Is there something specific, like deflating assets, or the insurance issue. Those issues you brought up when you were questioning Michael Cohen?” he said.

Ocasio-Cortez answered by once again emphasizing that there was “so much” Trump had done wrong.

“Yeah, I agree, I think it comes to that,” she said. “There is just so much, like the census, you know, I can’t even, the tax bill, like, what can, there is just so much!”

Conservatives mocked Ocasio-Cortez for her comments. “She is beyond entertaining when let out of the kennel by her handlers,” tweeted actor James Woods. “She wants to impeach the President for a bill that was written and passed by both houses of Congress. She has the brain of a tea biscuit.”

“The fact the Ocasio-Cortez believes you can impeach a sitting President because of a tax bill, is, actually, adorable,” quipped conservative music critic Art Tavana.

Among conservatives and liberals alike, Ocasio-Cortez continues to be a lightning rod and a central figure in the mainstream culture wars. A perennial target of criticism on Fox News, as well as a frequent instigator of Twitter spats, her (and her social media team’s) success at riling up her ideological opposition has earned her comparisons to Trump. And while right-leaning detractors peg the 29-year-old politician as a paper tiger with all flash and no substance, she continues to win plaudits from the legions of left-leaning admirers who appreciate her unapologetic progressivism.

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