Warning shot? Ocasio-Cortez tells ABC that frustration with Pelosi over impeachment ‘quite real’

In her first Sunday talk show appearance, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., seemed to indicate that she knows better that Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and said the frustration from progressive Democrats over the speaker dragging her foot on beginning the impeachment process against President Trump is “quite real.”

Seen as the “future” of the Democratic Party, the democratic socialist appeared on ABC’s “This Week,” and claimed pressure to impeach Trump is growing every day, citing the president’s response last week to a hypothetical scenario about accepting foreign dirt on a rival to support her assertion.

“I think every day that passes the pressure to impeach grows and I think that it’s justifiable,” Ocasio-Cortez told ABC’s Jonathan Karl. “With the President now saying he’s willing to break the law to win reelection, that transcends partisanship, it transcends party lines and it’s now about the rule of law.”

The 29-year-old former bartender essentially called out Pelosi for playing politics instead of rushing headlong into impeaching Trump — never mind that the partisan effort stops dead in its tracks when it reaches the Republican-controlled Senate.

When asked about the frustration with Pelosi from progressive Democrats, Ocasio-Cortez seemingly fired a warning shot at the speaker.

“I think [the frustration] is quite real,” she said. “And I believe that there’s a very real animus and desire to make sure that we are holding this president to account.”

 

“I think for me this question… should not be about polls, it should not be about elections. I think that impeachment is incredibly serious and this is about the presence and evidence that the president may have committed a crime, in this case more than one,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “And so I believe that our decision on impeachment should be based in our constitutional responsibilities and duties and not in elections or polling.”

The Bronx freshman suggested if an impeachment inquiry is opened, the rapid, Trump-hating Democratic Party may not vote for a referral — as if that was actually a possibility.

And never mind that the Senate is not going to vote for impeachment, Ocasio-Cortez, who has been in office 6 months, proceeded to lecture Pelosi on what the House’s job is.

“I think we need to be concerned with our job in the House,” she said, adding, “This is about us doing our jobs, and if we’re talking about what’s going to be a victory for Trump and what’s not going to be a victory for Trump, then we are politicizing and tainting this process.”

Pelosi reportedly told House Judiciary chairman Jerry Nadler and several other Democrats in a recent meeting that she would rather beat Trump at the polls in 2020 and then let him get prosecuted for his alleged crimes.

“I don’t want to see him impeached; I want to see him in prison,” Pelosi said, according to anonymous Democratic sources.

But this too failed to earn Ocasio-Cortez’s approval.

“I just don’t see the relevancy in calling for prosecution after he leaves office,” she stated. “We have the ability to actually kind of play out our responsibilities now. We have power now. And to bump it to when we don’t have power I don’t think makes a whole lot of sense in terms of speaking about it.”

An assessment that doesn’t say much for the confidence Ocasio-Cortez has for the future success of her party.

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