Just as it seemed that the war between Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Democratic House leadership was cooling off, the woman known as AOC has thrown a fresh grenade into enemy territory, leading to speculation that we haven’t seen the last of this infamous intraparty feud. Ocasio-Cortez, along with many on the far left, is frustrated that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi won’t endorse the impeachment of President Donald Trump, and she’s done staying silent about it. In a series of tweets this weekend, AOC said that Democrats’ refusal to act against Trump was a “bigger national scandal” than the president’s “lawbreaking behavior.”
Referencing the overhyped fake news known as the “whistleblower scandal,” Ocasio-Cortez quoted Rep. Brendan Boyle in a retweet: “For the sake of our Constitution, and for the sake of our country, Donald Trump must be impeached, convicted in the Senate, removed from office, and face criminal trial.”
She also retweeted 2020 candidate and prominent idiot Beto O’Rourke, who said: “What is Congress waiting for? This is crazy. Unless we take action now, we will see the end of American democracy.”
Nothing says democracy like ousting the duly-elected president because the left hates him.
“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,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote.
That comment received some pushback from would-be allies like liberal speechwriter and journalist James Fallows, who levied a common criticism at AOC: That she’s only helping Republicans with her anti-Democrat rhetoric.
“IMO, this is ‘false equivalence’ of its own sort,” Fallows tweeted. “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 the House to act.”
But Ocasio-Cortez was unmoved.
“It is one thing for a sitting president to break the law,” she wrote. “It’s another to let him. 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.”
Pelosi, although under intense pressure from the left (and from more than a few presidential candidates) to initiate impeachment proceedings, remains unconvinced that it’s the right call. Knowing that only acquittal awaits Trump in the Senate, Pelosi would rather not endanger whatever political momentum Democrats might have with another embarrassing failure. That makes logical sense from any reasonable perspective, but then, no one ever accused the progressive left of being logical or reasonable.