Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to join Bernie Sanders on campaign trail in Iowa
Ocasio-Cortez endorsed Bernie Sanders at a New York City rally in October.The stops, in Council Bluffs, Des Moines and Coralville, are Ocasio-Cortez's, D-N.Y., first appearances outside of her home state on behalf of Sanders, I-Vt., for whom she worked as a volunteer organizer during his 2016 campaign, and are likely to be viewed as a test of her ability to draw crowds away from traditionally liberal strongholds.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) didn't hold back on Friday, taking a swipe at President Trump on Twitter after he tweeted about former U.S Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch and her career's work as a diplomatic official.
"Trump himself is clearly not satisfied with only one article of impeachment," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.
"His choice to publicly broadcast his own, personally authored witness intimidation means he's wants to sign up for another article on obstruction of justice, too."
Ocasio-Cortez adds excitement to Sanders rally as campaign claims record crowd
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a freshman congresswoman and political celebrity from New York, was to join Sanders at three campaign stops in Iowa.More than 2,400 people filled an Iowa Western Community College arena to hear Ocasio-Cortez, a political celebrity who recently endorsed Sanders’ presidential campaign, and Sanders himself.
Trump himself is clearly not satisfied with only one article of impeachment.
His choice to publicly broadcast his own, personally authored witness intimidation means he's wants to sign up for another article on obstruction of justice, too.- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC)
During Friday's pubic impeachment hearing that featured Yovanovitch's testimony, Trump, who wasn't present at the hearing, assailed the witness, typing up a punitive tweet about Yovanovitch.
"Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad," he tweeted, adding that "It is a U.S. President's absolute right to appoint ambassadors," one of the main points GOP lawmakers have been driving home during the impeachment proceedings.
AOC brings star power to Iowa for Sanders
Gabriela Barajas’ friends dragged her to the rally with Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. © Nati Harnik/AP Photo Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez works the crowd during a rally with Sen. Bernie Sanders in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on Friday. The 19-year-old had never gone to a campaign event before, and she had no idea who she’d support in the Democratic primary. But by the time she left, she was with Sanders. “I’m speechless right now,” she said as her friends bolted toward her with a freshly snapped selfie with Ocasio-Cortez in hand.
Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad. She started off in Somalia, how did that go? Then fast forward to Ukraine, where the new Ukrainian President spoke unfavorably about her in my second phone call with him. It is a U.S. President's absolute right to appoint ambassadors.- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)
However, Trump's tweet has been seen by many as witness intimidation, which can be construed as obstruction of justice, both of which are illegal.
Yovanovitch was the third person to testify publicly before the House Intelligence Committee in its inquiry; State Department officials William Taylor and George Kent testified on Wednesday.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Rebukes Trump's Record of 'Corruption,' 'Jailed Kids,' After He Calls Her a 'Do Nothing Democrat' .
Trump on Sunday launched a series of tweets criticizing members of the Democratic Party and defending himself against impeachment allegations. "Democrats going back to their Districts for Thanksgiving are getting absolutely hammered by their constituents over the phony Impeachment Scam," he wrote. "Republicans will have a great #2020 Election!""Witch Hunt!" Trump added in another tweet, alongside a post by GOP Congressman Steve Scalise calling for Democrats to "end this impeachment charade.