“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.
He can stay, he can go. He can be impeached, or voted out in 2020.
But removing Trump will not remove the infrastructure of an entire party that embraced him; the dark money that funded him; the online radicalization that drummed his army; nor the racism he amplified+reanimated.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 24, 2019
“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.”)
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- Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat.: Screen grab