Ocasio-Cortez supports President Trump's second impeachment
After the violent riot on Capitol Hill that led to five deaths on Wednesday afternoon, US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has declared her support for President Trump's immediate removal from office.
This was disclosed in a Thursday phone interview with ABC Channel 7 Eyewitness News.
The representative for New York's 14th Congressional District stated that “there is overwhelming support that we’ve seen in the Democratic caucus” for impeachment, and that “we are also starting to see support among Republican Members of the House for his removal from office through the 25th Amendment.”
“This is an extremely serious moment and I do believe that we must exercise every avenue possible, because what the President has shown is that his mental status and his actions are wildly eroding at a rapid pace, and he's becoming increasingly volatile,” Rep. Ocasio-Cortez said.
When asked how impeachment might work with only 13 days left of the President’s term, the Congresswoman replied, “What happened yesterday is so clear cut that there are actually already articles [of impeachment] that have been drafted by several Members of Congress.”
The Congresswoman added, "At the very least [impeachment] can be an avenue to prevent the President from running for office again.”
The interview turned to the events inside the Capitol during the riot and the issue of Capitol security.
“It was extremely worrying. I don’t think it’s an exaggeration, by any means, to say that many of us were prepared for the possibility of us losing our lives [Wednesday].
"The security breaches are extremely serious and deserve investigation on their own. I want to be very clear that this does not just start or end at Capitol Police, but we need to know what happened with the National Guard.
"Days beforehand many of us were asking Capitol Police and several other agencies and responsible bodies what the security plans were because we know what the intelligence was, and we were told that rioters would not find their way even onto the Capitol Plaza, let alone anywhere near the building, and that there was active coordination between federal, state, and local municipalities, and none of that turned out to be true. So there’s a lot that we need to get to the bottom of.”
Rep.Ocasio-Cortez called for accountability for Republican Members of Congress who helped incite Wednesday’s violence.
She said, “There are others that have shown sympathy to what happened [Wednesday] and some of the elements leading up to it.
"I think it’s quite shocking that Senator Josh Hawley and Senator Cruz decided to continue this course of action in attempting to overturn the results of our election even after several deaths.”
She added that the Congresswoman has called for Senator Hawley and Cruz’s resignation or expulsion by the Senate.
She tweeted on Thursday January 7, 2021, “Your complete refusal to acknowledge any of the above harm, wrongdoing, or even misjudgement; and your lack of any self-reflection in how these acts contributed to yesterday’s chaos is alarming."
"It is unbecoming of any elected official and makes you unfit for the office you occupy," she wrote.