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Ocasio-Cortez: Every minute Trump stays in office 'represents a clear and present danger'

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezProgressives rave over Harrison's start at DNC Wray suggests limits on FBI social media tracking a 'lesson learned' after Jan. 6 Puerto Rico's former governor stages a comeback MORE (D-N.Y.) said Sunday that President TrumpDonald TrumpKushner lands book deal, slated for release in 2022 Biden moves to undo Trump trade legacy with EU deal Progressives rave over Harrison's start at DNC MORE should be removed from office, saying his presence “represents a clear and present danger.”

Appearing on ABC’s “This Week,” Ocasio-Cortez was asked by host George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosFacebook VP says 2-year suspension of Trump from platform 'justified' Commerce secretary on cyberattacks against corporations: 'This is the reality' Collins 'optimistic' Jan. 6 commission can pass Senate with modifications MORE if she thought a move to impeach the president would pass.

“I absolutely believe that impeachment should be scheduled for several reasons. One, of course, our main priority is to ensure the removal of Donald Trump as president of the United States,” the New York Democrat said. “Every minute and every hour that he is in office represents a clear and present danger not just to the United States Congress but frankly to the country.”

Ocasio-Cortez was in the Capitol on Wednesday when violent pro-Trump rioters broke in, destroying doors and windows as well as looting and vandalizing offices.

Apart from Trump, Ocasio-Cortez has joined several other prominent Democrats in calling for Sens. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Defense: Top admiral shoots back at criticism of 'woke' military | Military guns go missing | New White House strategy to battle domestic extremism Top admiral shoots back at criticism of 'woke' military: 'We are not weak' Biden tries to erase Trump's 'America First' on world stage MORE (R-Texas) and Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyHillicon Valley: Big Tech critic Lina Khan named chair of the FTC | Lawmakers urge Biden to be tough on cyber during summit with Putin | TSA working on additional security regulations following Colonial Pipeline hack Big Tech critic Lina Khan named chair of the FTC Rick Scott urges NBC to demand Winter Olympics be moved from China over human rights abuses  MORE (R-Mo.) to be impeached for what she believes is their culpability in inciting the riot by objecting to the Electoral College count by Congress.

“In addition to removal, we're also talking about complete barring of the president — or rather of Donald Trump — from running for office ever again and in addition to that the potential ability to prevent pardoning himself from those charges that he was impeached for,” added Ocasio-Cortez.

In response to a question by Stephanopoulos about a letter by her GOP colleagues that opposed impeachment and asked for “healing and fidelity,” she said, “We have to understand that what happened on Wednesday was insurrection against the United States.”

"If we allow insurrection against the United States with impunity, with no accountability, we are inviting it to happen again," she added.