- Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Friday called on her GOP colleagues to join the effort to remove President Donald Trump from office over the Capitol siege that he incited.
- “To my GOP colleagues: know that this President incited an insurrection against and incited his mob to find, harm, and possibly kill not just Democrats, but you, too,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
- “Remove him,” she went on to say of Trump.
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Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Friday implored her Republican colleagues to embrace the push to remove President Donald Trump from office after he provoked an attempted coup at the US Capitol earlier in the week.
“To my GOP colleagues: know that this President incited an insurrection against and incited his mob to find, harm, and possibly kill not just Democrats, but you, too. He *will* allow opportunities of physical harm against you if you aren’t sufficiently loyal to him. Remove him,” the New York Democrat said in a tweet.
Ocasio-Cortex has ripped into Trump and his GOP enablers over the few days, explicitly blaming them for the violence at the Capitol. She’s singled out GOP Sens. Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley in that regard.
Five people died as a result of the chaos at the Capitol on Wednesday, during which the insurrectionists could be heard shouting “where’s Mike Pence.” Trump made Pence a target of the violent mob’s ire by scapegoating the vice president over his election loss.
During a speech riddled with lies ahead of the riot, Trump reiterated the false claim that Pence could unilaterally overturn the election results.
“If Mike Pence does the right thing, we win the election … He has the absolute right to do it,” Trump said.
When it became clear that Pence would not play along, Trump attacked him in a tweet as the president’s supporters stormed the Capitol building. “Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution,” Trump said.
Pence, who was at the Capitol to preside over the certification of the Electoral College vote, was evacuated along with congressional lawmakers.
Trump issued a belated condemnation of the violence on Thursday evening and acknowledged that a new administration would be taking over, but stopped short of conceding to President-elect Joe Biden.