President Trump and Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shared a brief tiff on Twitter after the president quoted the New York Democrat in a tweet concerning impeachment and the 2020 presidential election.
“I think we have a very real risk of losing the Presidency to Donald Trump,” Ocasio-Cortez said according to the Trump tweet.
The president added, in his own words: “I agree, and that is the only reason they play the impeach card, which cannot be legally used!”
Fox News reports:
In her first Sunday morning show appearance since she took office in January, Ocasio-Cortez had told ABC News’ Jon Karl on “This Week”: “I think that we have a very real risk of losing the presidency to Donald Trump if we do not have a presidential candidate that is fighting for true transformational change in the lives of working people in the United States.”
She went on to make the case for a progressive 2020 presidential nominee, suggesting anything short of that runs the risk of Democrats losing to Trump.
In her earlier interview, Ocasio-Cortez called an impeachment investigation a “constitutional responsibility.” That prompted Karl to press Ocasio-Cortez on reports that progressive Democrats are frustrated with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who has resisted calls for impeachment proceedings.
“I think it’s quite real,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “I believe that there is a very real animus and desire to make sure that we are — that — that we are holding this president to account.”
Here’s more on Ocaso-Cortez’s interview via ABC News:
Ocasio-Cortez fired back about two hours later, saying the president is “bluffing” and opening an impeachment inquiry is necessary when the president “obstructs justice, advises witnesses to ignore legal subpoenas, & more.”
While she called for a transformational candidate, Ocasio-Cortez is holding off on endorsing anyonefor president now, saying on ABC’s “This Week” that “It’s possible that I’ll endorse later on perhaps, you know, I do not see myself endorsing anytime soon.”
More broadly of the Democratic field, Ocasio-Cortez said, “I do think that the field is too large. I do believe that having a competitive primary is healthy and that it’s good, but we have so many Senate seats to take and the fact that we aren’t discussing that more — even if we win the presidency and we don’t win the Senate — we are not going to be able to get a robust agenda passed in the way that we envision it.”
Ocasio-Cortez tweeted: “Mr. President, you’re from Queens. You may fool the rest of the country, but I’ll call your bluff any day of the week. Opening an impeachment inquiry is exactly what we must do when the President obstructs justice, advises witnesses to ignore legal subpoenas, & more.”