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Ocasio-Cortez Pretends She Never Cared About Impeaching Trump Anyway

Ocasio-Cortez Pretends She Never Cared About Impeaching Trump Anyway

“He can stay, he can go.”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez anticipated news Sunday that President Donald Trump was cleared of Russia collusion, suggesting that she did not care whether or not he was impeached.

“He can stay, he can go,” tweeted the freshman Democrat from New York. “He can be impeached or voted out in 2020.”

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Ocasio-Cortez said the president is just a part of systemic problems: the Republican party, dark money, online radicalization, and racism.

“In order for us to heal as a nation, we ALL must pursue the hard work of addressing these root causes,” she concluded. “It’s not as easy as voting. It means having uncomfortable moments convos w/ loved ones, w/ media, w/ those we disagree, and yes – within our own party, too.”

However, before it was announced Sunday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had found no good evidence that Trump or his associates conspired or coordinated with the Kremlin, Ocasio-Cortez was not so academic about impeachment.

The congresswoman repeatedly stated publicly that she believed there were grounds for the move. Last year, she suggested Trump had committed crimes, and earlier this month said that even if he had not, he had “defiled the office.”

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In a Rolling Stone interview last month, Ocasio-Cortez said she supported impeachment “No question.”

“I don’t even know why it’s controversial,” she said. “I mean, OK, it’s not that I don’t know why it’s controversial. I understand that some people come from very tough districts where their constituents are torn. But for me and my community in the Bronx and Queens, it’s easy.”

“Everyone wants it,” she added (though a couple weeks later, she insisted that “there are a lot of Trump voting pockets of my district.”)

Ocasio-Cortez went on to accuse Republicans who do not support impeachment of being in a “hostage situation.” Expanding her critique to include voting with Trump, she said: “These are not questions of politics. These are questions of society. These are questions of equal treatment. These are questions of civil rights.”
A few weeks ago, Ocasio-Cortez reiterated her belief in the justice of impeachment, but said she would defer to Democratic leadership, which at the time was talking up the importance of waiting for the Mueller report and achieving bipartisan consensus on the matter lest the country be town asunder.
After Attorney General William Barr announced Mueller’s findings, Democratic leaders ironically seemed to switch roles with Ocasio-Cortez.
They disputed Trump’s claims to be exonerated, saying there is evidence that he obstructed justice. Arguing that Barr is biased, they threatened to call him to testify about his summary of the Mueller report, which they demanded be released in full.

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Cover image: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat. (Screen grab)



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