Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezBiden says Cruz, other Republicans responsible for ‘big lie’ that fueled Capitol mob Ocasio-Cortez slams Graham after he calls for the nation to ‘move on’ without impeachment Democrats poised to impeach Trump again MORE (D-N.Y.) tore into Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamLawmakers, leaders offer condolences following the death of Capitol Police officer Graham harassed at airport after opposing Electoral College challenges Biden on Trump impeachment: ‘That’s a decision for the Congress to make’ MORE (R-S.C.) on Twitter on Friday after he tweeted his disapproval of any motion to impeach President TrumpDonald TrumpMcConnell circulates procedures for second Senate impeachment trial of Trump Trump suggests building own platform after Twitter ban Poll: 18 percent of Republicans support Capitol riots MORE following the rioting at the Capitol this week.
“As President @realDonaldTrump stated last night, it is time to heal and move on,” Graham tweeted Friday, referring to the president’s video remarks condemning violence from his supporters at the Capitol Wednesday.
“If Speaker Pelosi pushes [impeachment] in the last days of the Trump presidency it will do more harm than good. I’m hopeful President-elect Biden sees the damage that would be done from such action.”
Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPressure grows on Trump to leave Hillicon Valley: Twitter permanently suspends Michael Flynn, Sidney Powell and others | Laptop stolen from Pelosi’s office during Capitol riots | Reddit bans r/DonaldTrump forum House chairman: Biden Pentagon pick ‘shares my commitment to civilian control of the military’ MORE (D-Calif.) recently suggested House lawmakers would move to impeach the president if Vice President Pence and other Cabinet officials declined to invoke 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.
“Moving on” does not mean “forget about it,” @LindseyGrahamSC.
“Moving on” requires accountability.
Attacking our nation without recourse or responsibility isn’t “moving on.” A Capitol Police officer just died. Why are you defending this? https://t.co/yTjh6ikNJs
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 8, 2021
Ocasio-Cortez responded to Graham’s tweets by calling him out for defending the president, whom many Democrats and some Republicans have condemned as responsible for inciting Wednesday’s riots.
“‘Move on?’ ‘Moving on’ does not mean ‘forget about it,’ @LindseyGrahamSC,” she wrote. “’Moving on’ requires accountability. Attacking our nation without recourse or responsibility isn’t ‘moving on.’ A Capitol Police officer just died. Why are you defending this?”
Graham did not immediately respond to Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet, but he continued on in a thread on Twitter stating that impeachment would be unsuccessful in the Senate.
Speaker Pelosi is hanging by a political thread, and Senator Schumer lives in fear of a primary from the radical left.
It is up to President-elect Biden to step in and allow the nation to heal.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) January 8, 2021
“Speaker Pelosi is hanging by a political thread, and Senator Schumer lives in fear of a primary from the radical left. It is up to President-elect Biden to step in and allow the nation to heal,” he wrote, referring to Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerBipartisan anger builds over police failure at Capitol Tucker Carlson: Trump ‘recklessly encouraged’ Capitol rioters McConnell ousts Senate sergeant-at-arms after Capitol riots MORE (N.Y.). “Any attempt to impeach President Trump would not only be unsuccessful in the Senate but would be a dangerous precedent for the future of the presidency. It will take both parties to heal the nation.”
Biden condemned the violence on Wednesday and called on Trump to respond after a pro-Trump mob swarmed the Capitol complex as Congress prepared to confirm the Electoral College votes, forcing lawmakers to shelter and evacuate and delaying the vote count.
“Let me be very clear — the scenes of chaos at the Capitol do not reflect a true America, do not represent who we are. What we are seeing is a small number of extremists dedicated to lawlessness. This is not dissent. It’s disorder. It’s chaos. It borders on sedition and it must end now,” he said.
On Thursday, Trump called for calm and said that he is focused on moving forward with an orderly transfer of power.