Progressive darling Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took aim at Democratic leadership for failing to impeach President Donald Trump. According to AOC, the problem isn't Trump's "lawbreaking behavior," it's the fact that the Democratic Party refuses to move forward with impeachment proceedings.
At this point, the bigger national scandal isn’t the president’s lawbreaking behavior - it is the Democratic Party’s refusal to impeach him for it.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 22, 2019
The Atlantic's James Fallows responded to the tweet, saying he disagreed with Ocasio-Cortez.
IMO, this is “false equivalence” of its own sort.— James Fallows (@JamesFallows) September 22, 2019
What Trump is doing remains objectively the biggest threat, scandal, and problem.
Second-ranking: the silent acquiescence of the GOP Senate.
Then: it’s time for House to act.
She reiterated her position and explained why she believes it's time for Democrats to impeach the president.
It is one thing for a sitting president to break the law. It’s another to let him.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 22, 2019
The integrity of our democracy isn’t threatened when a president breaks the law. It‘s threatened when we do nothing about it.
The GOP’s silence & refusal to act shouldn’t be a surprise. Ours is.
It's not surprising that Ocasio-Cortez is upset with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The two have been at odds with each other on a number of issues. Pelosi has made it clear the Democratic Party would not move forward with impeachment proceedings, especially before the 2020 election. The reason? She's worried about alienating voters... and she knows Trump will us Democrats' desires for impeachment to campaign on.