AOC: ‘Every Minute’ Trump’s ‘In Office Represents A Clear And Present Danger’

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New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she believes President Donald Trump should be impeached from office following the chaos and mayhem at the U.S. Capitol last week.

During an interview Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” the socialist lawmaker said “every minute” that Trump is “in office represents a clear and present danger.”

AOC also called on Trump to be impeached.

“Our main priority is to ensure the removal of Donald Trump as president of the United States,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “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.”

In addition to removing the president, Ocasio-Cortez said the House is also considering the “complete barring” of Trump from “running for office ever again” and to prevent him from “pardoning himself from those charges that he was impeached for,” she said.

“We have to understand that what happened on Wednesday was an insurrection against the United States,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “That is what Donald J. Trump engaged in, and that is what those people in the Capitol engaged in. So when we talk about healing, the process of healing is separate, and in fact, requires accountability.”

“So if we allow insurrection against the United States with impunity — with no accountability— we are inviting it to happen again. That is how serious it is,” she said. “Perhaps my colleagues weren’t in that room, perhaps my colleagues were not fully present for the events on Wednesday, but we came close to half of the House nearly dying on Wednesday.”

Ocasio-Cortez said if another head of state had “ordered an attack” on Congress,” then lawmakers would not allow it to go unanswered, and therefore, Wednesday’s siege on the Capitol should not be treated that way.

“It is an act of insurrection. It is an act of hostility,” she said. “And we must have accountability because without it, it will happen again.”


On Monday, House leaders will work to pass legislation that would force Vice President Mike Pence and the rest of the president’s Cabinet to oust Trump by invoking the 25th Amendment.

If it is blocked by Republicans, which is almost certain, the House will convene for a full House vote on Tuesday.

Florida GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz revealed that President Trump has no intention of resigning or “leaving the public stage at all” after the chaos at the U.S. Capitol.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told Democrats last week that the nation’s top military officer has told her there are steps in place that would prevent President Trump from firing nuclear weapons.