AOC on Impeachment: 'I Think the Whole Thing's Boring'; 'Cathartic Moment'

By Susan Jones | October 4, 2019 | 8:02am EDT
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) holds a town hall in her New York congressional district on Oct. 3, 2019. (Photo: Screen capture)

( - Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) told a constituent town hall Thursday night she doesn't want to spend a lot of time talking about impeaching President Trump because she's so over it by now -- it's an "open and shut" case.

"So feel what you need to feel" about impeachment, AOC told the gathering. "I'm going to move on, because frankly I think the whole thing's boring. He should have been impeached a long time ago. I'm over it. So that's how I feel about it, because we've got work to do.

The congresswoman was there to discuss her push for "social, economic and racial justice in the United States."

Here are her opening remarks on what she called "the elephant in the room."

One of the other things that happened, is the House of Representatives has decided to move forward with impeachment of the president of the United States. And this was a major development. Some folks are saying, 'finally!'" I certainly feel that way.

I don't want to spend an enormous amount of time talking about impeachment, but if you have questions, I'm happy to talk to you about it.

Basically, a long story short, the President of the United States used the power of the United States government to attempt to extort a foreign government into creating a false -- or drumming up manufactured investigation into a political opponent.

This is a violation of the Constitution of the United States, it is an abuse of power, it is a betrayal of our country. And anyone who does something like that, I don't care if you’re a Democrat of Republican, if you abuse power and betray our country in such a manner, you must be impeached in order for us to protect our rule of law in our country. You know, pretty open and shut. And again, if you have questions, please reserve them for the end.

But I feel like it is a pretty open and closed situation. As many of you know, I have advocated for impeachment for quite some time. This abuse of power has been going on for quite some time, and I think for our community, there are a lot of folks that are saying this is not a joyous moment, this is not a moment to celebrate, but I do think it's important to acknowledge that this is a cathartic moment for many people in our community that have been subject to the abuse of this administration for quite some time -- especially our community, New York 14 -- it's about 50 percent immigrant, 70 percent people of color, overwhelmingly working class.

And we've had to endure a lot in the last two years. And so I'm not here to police your reaction to it, because we all need to go through our process, so feel what you need to feel, but that's what's going on.

Again, I'm going to move on because frankly, I think the whole thing's boring. He should have been impeached a long time ago. Like, I'm over it. And so that's how I feel about it, because we've got work to do.

Because the impeachment of this president is the short-term action that we need to take to preserve our democracy. But if we are really going to thrive as a country, we need to make long-term investments and keep our eyes on the prize of social, economic and racial justice in the United States of America, and that’s really what this is about. So let's dive in...

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