Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., addresses The Road to the Green New Deal Tour final event at Howard University in Washington, Monday, May 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Instead, the freshman Congresswoman held an Instagram live video chat Tuesday where she
bloviated on and on answered questions from supporters about Trump’s eventual acquittal and “where do enraged Democrats go from here?”
Not surprisingly, Ocasio-Cortez picked up and ran with a laughable talking point that had previously been expressed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and others as it related to whether or not Trump would actually be acquitted in the event he was … acquitted. In short, per AOC, he wouldn’t be – because she said so. Watch:
During an Instagram Q&A, Rep. @AOC says that if the Senate votes to acquit President @realDonaldTrump tomorrow, "it's not an acquittal because no trial really happened, no witnesses were called, no testimony is given." pic.twitter.com/9rx3M6bqDV
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) February 5, 2020
That …. is not how this works, as my RedState colleague Bonchie bluntly stated in a piece responding to Pelosi’s assertion last week:
Apparently, the 17 witnesses and mountains of documents presented during the Senate trial don’t count. Only new, 11th hour witnesses called at the end of the trial count as “having witnesses.” Makes sense.
This entire line of argument is ridiculous. One, a Senate trial is what the Senate says it is. Two, you can absolutely have a trial without calling witnesses who were not part of the discovery process. In fact, it’s exceedingly rare (perhaps unheard of but let’s skip the absolutes) for a witness to just appear at a trial having not been part of the discovery process. In this case, the House filled that role and chose not to pursue John Bolton.
And as other Republicans have pointed out numerous times since this whole sham started, if the House hadn’t rushed to impeach Trump like they did, they’d have had the time to call more witnesses as they saw fit. But they wanted to try and oust Trump sooner than later by way of using impeachment as a political weapon to decide the 2020 presidential elections. But it backfired on them – bigly.
AOC, Pelosi, and all other Democrats can run away from the definition of acquittal all they want to but they can’t hide from it – nor should Republicans let them.