Newby NY Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called out President Donald Trump’s “bluff” in a continuation of her Twitter spat with the Commander in Chief. “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,” the progressive New York Democrat tweeted on Sunday night, citing their mutual NY roots. “Opening an impeachment inquiry is exactly what we must do when the President obstructs justice, advises witnesses to ignore legal subpoenas, & more,” she continued, adding “Bye” and a waving-hand emoji.
During an interview on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, the freshman lawmaker had said that Democrats face a “real risk of losing the presidency to Donald Trump” if the party does not come up with a popular 2020 candidate who will fight for “true transformational change” in the lives of the working class. “I think 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,” she said.
The President had taken the statement as an opportunity and took to Twitter, quoting AOC’ sentence about the Democrats facing a “real risk of losing the presidency to Donald Trump.” The president added to it, saying “I agree, and that is the only reason they play the impeach card, which cannot legally be used!”
During the aforementioned interview with ABC, Ocasio-Cortez had spoken about the calls for impeachment. “I think every day that passes, the pressure to impeach grows and I think that it’s justifiable,” said the 29-year-old Bronx native. “With the president now saying he’s 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,” she said, referencing comments the President made during his own interview with ABC News about taking campaign information from foreign powers. “It transcends party lines and it’s now about the rule of law. Holding this president (to) account is holding all of government to account,” she added.
While Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, remains hesitant about pursuing impeachment, a poll released on Sunday by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal found that 48 percent of Democrats now support impeachment, up from 30 percent last month. The poll also revealed, however, that the topic is a great source of controversy, with many Republicans and Independents strongly opposed.
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