The youngest congresswoman in US history has no time for Donald Trump’s warped interpretation of impeachment, and in true AOC style, took to Twitter to issue one of her many, epic clapbacks.
If there’s anyone who can expertly evaluate the presidential race on national TV, debate the issues facing modern America with nuance, and issue an epic Twitter clapback all in the space of 24 hours, it’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
That’s exactly what went down at the weekend, when the youngest congresswoman elected to the House of Representatives in US history schooled the president of the United States, Donald Trump, on what impeachment actually means.
If you’re wondering just where on earth Ocasio-Cortez found the time to give yet another eloquent TV interview, we understand. This is, after all, the same Ocasio-Cortez that is currently establishing a Green New Deal to stabilise the U.S economy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, working on nationalising the healthcare system with Medicare, and campaigning to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour through her support of the Raise the Wage Act.
Yet Ocasio-Cortez is no ordinary politician, and so she found time to appear on ABC’s “This Week” to discuss the Democratic nominations with Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl.
In the interview, Ocasio-Cortez explained that without a clear progressive Democratic nominee who resonates with the working classes in America, the country runs the risk of seeing a second term of Trump.
“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,” she began.
“I think that it is absolutely important that we defeat Donald Trump,” she continued. “I think that we need to pick a candidate that is going to be exciting to vote for, that all people, women, people of all genders, races, income levels, geographies feel excited and good about voting for.”
When asked which of the Democratic nominees she would back in the presidential race, Ocasio-Cortez explained that she would lend her full support to Joe Biden if he wins the nomination, although she also strongly endorsed Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren for their “excellent” policies.
Donald Trump, meanwhile, who responds to any AOC-related public appearance with preternatural speed, was reliably present on Twitter to take Ocasio-Cortez’s words out of context.
Selectively quoting one line from Ocasio-Cortez’s interview, Trump wrote that he agreed that the Democrats have a very real risk of losing, at the same time arguing that his potential for re-election is “the only reason they play the impeach card”.
Never one to allow Trump’s frequently twisted interpretations of US law (nor alternative histories, for that matter) slide, the freshman lawmaker soon posted a well-timed correction that will join her ever-growing list of epic Twitter takedowns.
“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,” she tweeted.
“Opening an impeachment inquiry is exactly what we must do when the President obstructs justice, advises witnesses to ignore legal subpoenas and more,” she said.
As Ocasio-Cortez reiterated in her interview, the calls for impeachment aren’t solely based on elections or public polling. To date, 61 Democrats are pushing for impeachment proceedings against the POTUS, after Special Council Robert Mueller’s Russia report published in March outlined potential instances of obstruction of justice, political pressure that Ocasio-Cortez flagged as she discussed the possibility of beginning an investigation.
“Ten counts of obstruction of justice, four with rock solid evidence. We have violations of the emoluments clause. We need to at least open an inquiry so that we can look at what is going on, and that is what opening an impeachment inquiry means,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
“Holding this president (to) account is holding all of government to account.”
Ocasio-Cortez also highlighted that Trump’s recent admission about his willingness to take dirt from foreign governments if it was damaging to his political opponents was further grounds to push forward with an impeachment investigation.
“Every day that passes, the pressure to impeach grows, and I think that it’s justifiable,” she said.
“I believe that with the president now saying he is willing to break the law to win re-election, that transcends partisanship, it transcends party lines, and this is now about the rule of law in the United States of America.”