You may have heard the expression, “open mouth, insert foot,” which relates to someone saying something dumb or inadvertently making an admission they shouldn’t have made or didn’t want to make.
Well, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) put both of her feet in her mouth (figuratively speaking, of course) earlier this week a day before the House began public impeachment hearings.
During an interview Wednesday evening on CNN’s “Situation Room,” Ocasio-Cortez admitted that the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump was “not just about something that has occurred.”
No. Rather, the entire impeachment effort is really “about preventing a potentially disastrous outcome from occurring next year.”
In other words, to ensure that Trump doesn’t win reelection, Democrats have decided they must remove him from office. Which means, we assume, at any cost.
Even if there isn’t a shred of evidence to suggest he committed impeachable offenses.
“The whole point of the public hearings is to present the facts to the public and let the general public see the facts for themselves and understand why we have chosen to move forward with the impeachment inquiry,” said Ocasio-Cortez — who gets far more media attention than she deserves, considering she’s been in office less than a year and has no major legislative accomplishments.
“What we heard today was astounding and devastating news for the president and anyone in the administration, really partaking. Frankly, this is devastating for the country. Our national security has been compromised, our elections potentially compromised,” she claimed, a reference to President Trump’s alleged threat to withhold military aid from Ukraine (a threat he neither made nor carried out).
“I’d like to remind everyone, one of the initial people who brought this conversation of quid pro quo into this conversation was the president. It was when these allegations first came out about Ukraine, he started tweeting and frankly raising the bar saying, ‘No quid pro quo, no quid pro quo,’” she continued (of course, the president said that because there wasn’t one, as the transcript of the phone call in question that the White House released clearly proves).
Then the money quote: “We also need to move quite quickly because we’re talking about the potential compromise of the 2020 elections. And so this is not just about something that has occurred; this is about preventing a potentially disastrous outcome from occurring next year.”
Boom. There you have it.
Long before Ocasio-Cortez managed to squeak into office, the “impeach Trump” train was already rolling. As former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has noted, the day after Trump won — Nov. 9, 2016 — Democrats began plotting his impeachment:
By Dec. 15, about five weeks after the presidential election and roughly five weeks before the presidential inauguration, Vanity Fair published an article by Emily Jane Fox headlined, “Democrats are Paving the Way to Impeach Donald Trump.” The focus at that phase of the effort was the family business, the Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C. and possible personal financial improprieties (all of which disappeared within a few weeks and were replaced by “Russian collusion” as the focus of Democratic coup efforts).
But Ocasio-Cortez’s foot-in-mouth moment is really telling because as The National Sentinel reported Wednesday, Democrats are fully aware they don’t have anyone among the dozen or so candidates still vying for the nomination who can beat the president.
“There are still a lot of people out there who believe there isn’t one standout candidate,” one Democratic strategist who remains undecided because of the lack of appeal among the candidates told The Hill. “It’s a diverse field but that doesn’t mean it’s a strong field.”
Between Trump’s overall popularity among his base, his rising support among minorities, his positive polling numbers in several battleground states, a roaring economy, border wall construction, and the fact that Americans aren’t real keen on impeachment, the Democrats have admitted they are out of options.