Undeterred, Rep. AOC takes on a leadership role in calling for Trump’s impeachment
With the House set to vote any day, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is just one leader at the forefront of the push.
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She’s just one of dozens, but Rep. AOC has come forward from Jan. 6, as the most prominent voice in calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
House Democrats have introduced an article of impeachment against President Trump over his “incitement of insurrection” at the Capitol, fueled by baseless arguments of a stolen election.
Backed by over 200 Democratic co-sponsors, the measure says Trump threatened the integrity of the democratic system, interfered with the peaceful transition of power, and put in peril a “coequal” branch of government.
House GOP members blocked the initial effort on Jan. 11 to block the resolution calling on Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment, however, a full vote on the measure is expected on the 13th.
The earliest a Senate trial could likely be held would be on Jan. 19, according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Throughout the process, Rep. AOC, an influential member of the House who has spoken out against Trump’s policies for years, and has been on the forefront in the push to raise concern among both GOP and Democratic members of Congress.
On Jan 7, she fueled the growing calls to remove Trump with a single word: “Impeach,” in a tweet that, like many of her others, garnered well over a million likes from the platform’s users.
Impeach.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 7, 2021
She has sought bipartisan support to back the implementation of the 25th Amendment, urging GOP members to act, adding that there is no “healing” or “unity” with white supremacists in the lead.
“To my GOP colleagues: know that this President incited an insurrection against and incited his mob to find, harm, and possibly kill not just Democrats, but you, too. He *will* allow opportunities of physical harm against you if you aren’t sufficiently loyal to him. Remove him,” she wrote on Twitter, just two days after the attack.
To my GOP colleagues: know that this President incited an insurrection against and incited his mob to find, harm, and possibly kill not just Democrats, but you, too.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 8, 2021
He *will* allow opportunities of physical harm against you if you aren’t sufficiently loyal to him. Remove him.
On Jan. 10, Ocasio-Cortez took the national stage on ABC News, where she pushed back on the idea that GOP lawmakers have raised, arguing that a second impeachment of the president would only strengthen party divides.
It’s a popular rhetoric that GOP members of Congress have used since calls for impeachment first surfaced.
But the issue should instead do the opposite.
“If a foreign head of state came in and ordered an attack on the United States Congress would we say that should not be prosecuted... there should be absolutely no response to that?” she retorted on national television.
The rep added that without accountability, we are inviting similar events to happen again.
"Every minute and every hour that he is in office represents a clear and present danger, not just to the United States Congress but, frankly, to the country,” AOC said.
In a similar vein, freshman Rep. Cori Bush and new member of The Squad, is on the front lines of the fight to expel each and every member of Congress who supported the attempted coup.
She introduced a resolution "to expel members to voted to overturn the election and incited a white supremacist coup that has left people dead.”
“They have violated the 14th Amendment," she said in a tweet on Jan. 11.
The next day, Rep. Bush introduced a resolution to expel said members of Congress, co-sponsored by 47 other members of the House of Representatives.
"This is America, and it will continue to be America, until white supremacy is dismantled," Bush wrote in an op-ed for the Washington Post. "Justice starts at removing each and every representative who incited this insurrection."
In support, Rep. AOC ramped up her own advocacy on Twitter, calling for Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Josh Lawley to resign after their actions contributed to five deaths at the Capitol.
She’s sparred with Cruz, called for an investigation into what went wrong — security-wise — as Vice-Chair of the Oversight subcommittee, and exposed the hypocrisy of reps who have spoken out in support of blue lives when it was their very lives who were lost on the 6th.
Ocasio-Cortez is still rising in power, and should impeachment efforts prevail, it may be seen as an achievement that is very much her’s as it is Nancy Pelosi’s and Chuck Schumer’s.
It’s a quality that numerous may want to reason away as mere star power, but AOC commands as a leader, and more senior members of congress know this, perhaps not to their liking.
The headlines Monday morning were not of Pelosi’s feature on 60 Minutes.
Instead, they focused on one moment in which Pelosi was perceived to be dismissive of AOC’s critiques on the House Speaker’s willingness to accept her and other young, progressive Dems into future leadership positions.
She rejected AOC’s concerns that the Democratic Party isn't grooming younger members for leadership, saying: “You'll have to ask her — because we are.”
Pelosi recently announced several new leadership positions, including AOC for the House Oversight and Reform Committee. However, it wasn’t the position AOC originally sought, as she was denied a request to be appointed to the House Energy and Commerce committee.
"I think she's very effective, as are many other members in our caucus that the press doesn't pay attention to. But they are there, and they are building support for what comes next,” Pelosi continued.
But why not consider the prominent Dems that are directly in front of her — the ones everyone else sees?