When it comes to political comedy, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is the gift that keeps on giving. Each week, Liberty Nation uncovers the blunders that keep us wondering: How did she ever get elected?
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was relatively quiet this week. Yes, it might sound crazy, but the lawmaker didn’t make any waves with her usual hilarity. Perhaps this is because the news this week was eclipsed by the House voting to impeach President Donald Trump. But AOC did manage to push her way into the news cycle by criticizing a Democratic presidential contender.
AOC Slams Tulsi Gabbard
Unless you have been living blissfully in a cave over the past week, you know that House Democrats voted to impeach President Donald Trump. The vote proceeded mostly along party lines with all but three Democrats voting for impeachment and no Republicans supporting the action.
But presidential contender Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) made headlines when she decided to vote “present” rather than for or against impeachment. As you can imagine, her view elicited an outpouring of criticism from her colleagues — especially Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, who pilloried Gabbard’s choice. “Today was very consequential, and to not take a stand one way or another, on a day of such great consequence to this country, I think is quite difficult,” AOC told reporters after the vote. “We are sent here to lead.”
Gabbard later defended her decision. “After doing my due diligence in reviewing the 658-page impeachment report, I came to the conclusion that I could not in good conscience vote either yes or no,” she said. “I could not in good conscience vote against impeachment because I believe President Trump is guilty of wrongdoing.”
Gabbard also explained that she “could not in good conscience vote for impeachment because removal of a sitting President must not be the culmination of a partisan process, fueled by tribal animosities that have so gravely divided our country.”
It appears that Gabbard might be trying to position herself as the voice of reason in this whole affair. But she should know better: The Democrats haven’t been big on being reasonable lately. That is why House Democrats like AOC are pushing for an impeachment process that is all but certain to die in the Senate — if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi actually transfers the articles, that is.
What does AOC have in store for us next week? Tune in to find out!
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