As Democrats ramp up their calls to Impeach President Trump, last night Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was asked why she wanted to proceed despite knowing the Republicans in the Senate would block any progress.
“I want to see every Republican go on the record and knowingly vote against impeachment of this President, knowing his corruption, having it on the record so that they can have that stain on their careers for the rest of their lives because this is outrageous.”
Ocasio-Cortez’s point is that signalling Impeachment, and getting Senators to defend it, is better than doing nothing.
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez on potential impeachment inquiry:
"I want to see every Republican go on the record and knowingly vote against impeachment of this president knowing his corruption, having it on the record … because this is outrageous to protect the amount of lawlessness." pic.twitter.com/FCGzNeiccI
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) September 10, 2019
Earlier, 2020 candidate Julian Castro made a similarly compelling case:
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“I think that folks are making a mistake by not pursuing impeachment. The Mueller report clearly details that he deserves it, and what’s going to happen in the fall of next year, of 2020, if they don’t impeach him, is he’s going to say, ‘You see. You see. The Democrats didn’t go after me on impeachment. And you know why? Because I didn’t do anything wrong. These folks that always investigate me—they’re always trying to go after me. When it came down to it, they didn’t go after me there because I didn’t do anything wrong‘.”
“Conversely, if Mitch McConnell is the one that lets him off the look, we’re going to be able to say, ‘Well, sure, they impeached him in the House, but his friend Mitch McConnell, Moscow Mitch, let him off the hook‘.”