Speaking to Yahoo News about the currently underway impeachment hearings she spurred on, even dragging fellow Democrats through the coals just a few days before the announcement of the formal impeachment inquiry was announced by Nancy Pelosi, AOC made some crazy claims against President Trump.
Not only did Ms. Cortez allege that Trump “clearly” committed a crime and the the impeachment inquiry has “reached a point of no return,” (even though none of the witness testimonies so far have turned up any proof that Trump did anything out of line, let alone impeachable) but when speaking about White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller, she claims that Trump, “clearly believes in eugenics!”
You can’t make this stuff up, folks.
Here’s the clip from Yahoo News on Twitter:
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., who began calling for President Trump to be impeached earlier this year, believes we have now reached “the point of no return” where it is inarguably clear that he has committed criminal acts. Ocasio-Cortez discussed the issue with Yahoo News on Capitol Hill on Tuesday as the third day of public hearings was being conducted in the Democrats’ ongoing impeachment inquiry.
“We’re kind of knee-deep here in impeachment inquiry and so at this point, I think we’re beyond the question as to whether Trump has committed a crime or whether he’s violated the Constitution,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “He’s clearly engaged in extortion and bribery.”
When Ocasio-Cortez began calling for impeachment, she said the president had done “so many things ... that are impeachable,” including violating the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution by receiving payments from foreign countries while in office and engaging in possible tax fraud. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who was initially reluctant to impeach Trump, launched a formal inquiry in September following revelations of a complaint from an intelligence community whistleblower who alleged that military assistance to Ukraine was withheld as Trump pushed that country to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a political rival.
On Tuesday, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who worked on the White House National Security Council, testified that he had raised concerns internally about U.S. officials who pushed for an investigation into Biden. Vindman also said he warned Ukraine’s newly elected president that it would be improper for him to get involved with political matters in this country.
Ocasio-Cortez said the testimony from witnesses so far has made it abundantly clear that Trump engaged in criminal conduct with respect to Ukraine. At this point, she said, the only remaining question is how many illegal acts were committed and who else was involved.
“It’s not just Trump, but who else is going to be implicated in this,” Ocasio-Cortez said, adding, “I think, when it comes to what we’ve discovered, we’re at the point of no return, and it’s just a question of how many crimes have been potentially committed and who else has committed them.”
Tuesday’s witnesses, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and Vice President Mike Pence aide Jennifer Williams, confirmed that they never used the words “bribe” or “bribery” as a descriptor for the July 25 phone call at the center of the inquiry, and former diplomat Kurt Volker essentially “took apart their entire case” for impeaching the president, as Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH) pointed out during Tuesday evening’s hearing:
Ocasio-Cortez, who has determined Trump committed a crime, said the question is now “how many crimes have been potentially committed and who else has committed them.”
She also accused the president of trying to undermine the process via “witness intimidation” and added that he “clearly threatened … quite a few people who testified.”
That, she said, demonstrates a “disturbing pattern,” which is embodied by his employment of White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller. That, she claimed, proves that Trump “clearly believes in eugenics.”
The Daily Wire rebutted AOC's ridiculous, far-out claim that Trump is a believer in eugenics:
Ocasio-Cortez then claimed that Trump “clearly thinks that, clearly believes in eugenics” because he employs Senior White House Adviser Stephen Miller.
“I think the most clear and disturbing of them all is the fact that Stephen Miller has just been exposed as frankly a neo-Nazi and a white supremacist,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “He was citing eugenics as the rationale for our policy in the southern border and Donald Trump clearly thinks that, clearly believes in eugenics, given the fact that he has put and maintained Stephen Miller in a position of power after these revelations.”
There are multiple problems with Ocasio-Cortez’s claim, the biggest of which is that she is not telling the truth.
Ocasio-Cortez is referencing a recent report from the Southern Poverty Law Center that featured leaked emails from Miller in which he expressed support for former President Calvin Coolidge’s immigration policies, specifically his low immigration quota.
The New York Times reported:
On Aug. 4, 2015, Mr. Miller sent an email supporting the idea of a complete ban on immigration “like Coolidge did,” an apparent reference to the 1924 law. As a result of those new “national origin quotas,” immigration fell by half and the arrival of Italians and Poles fell by 90 percent. Mr. Sessions, Mr. Miller’s boss at the time, was known for publicly praising Coolidge’s policies because he believed they had bolstered American wages.
The 1924 law endorsed by Coolidge is widely seen today as a symbol of bigotry and was heavily influenced by the eugenics movement.
An archive of The Immigration Act of 1924 on the U.S. State Department’s website noted that the law “limited the number of immigrants allowed entry into the United States through a national origins quota. The quota provided immigration visas to two percent of the total number of people of each nationality in the United States as of the 1890 national census. It completely excluded immigrants from Asia. … In all of its parts, the most basic purpose of the 1924 Immigration Act was to preserve the ideal of American homogeneity.”
The New York Times further reported:
Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies, whose work Mr. Miller has often referred to in White House policy discussions, said that Coolidge had a “complicated” legacy. “He reached the right result” — meaning low immigration — “but in the wrong way.”
A 2017 press conference in which Miller humiliated CNN’s Jim Acosta provides potential clues into what Miller’s thoughts are on the matter:
Acosta: But this whole — this whole notion of, “Well, they could learn — you know, they have to learn English before they get to the United States,” are we just going to bring in people from Great Britain and Australia?
Miller: Jim, it’s — actually — I honestly say I am shocked at your statement that you think that only people from Great Britain and Australia would know English. It’s actually — it reveals your cosmopolitan bias to a shocking degree, that in your mind… No, this is an amazing — this is an amazing moment. This is an amazing moment, that you think only people from Great Britain or Australia would speak English. It’s so insulting to millions of hard-working immigrants who do speak English from all over the world.
Acosta: So there are — of course, there are people who come…
Miller: But that’s not what you said. And it shows — it shows your cosmopolitan bias.
Acosta: This sounds like you’re trying to engineer the racial and ethnic flow of people into this country through policy.
Miller: That is one of the most outrageous, insulting, ignorant and foolish things you’ve ever said. And for you, that’s still a really — the notion that you think that this is a racist bill is so wrong and so insulting.
— CSPAN (@cspan) August 2, 2017
In the exchange with Acosta, Miller made no mention of wanting to restrict people by race or ethnicity and actually slammed Acosta for suggesting that is what he was proposing.
So, is it possible that Miller cited Coolidge only because he liked the low immigration numbers?
Buried 20 paragraphs into its report, The New York Times reported:
In his communications with Breitbart, Mr. Miller does not explicitly endorse the national origin quotas, but he praises Coolidge and his legacy.
Ocasio-Cortez’s entire claim that Miller is a “neo-Nazi” hinges on the fact that he favors lowering the number of immigrants that are entering the United States and he cited former President Calvin Coolidge.
Ocasio-Cortez, who has falsely stated that immigrant detention facilities are “concentration camps,” suggested last week on MSNBC that Miller has “weaponized” being Jewish to “provide the cover” to operating concentration camps because he’s a Nazi — a claim that tinges on being an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory.