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

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezA proposal to tackle congressional inside trading: Invest in the US Biden angers Democrats by keeping Trump-era refugee cap Omar: 'Shameful' Biden reneging on refugee promise MORE (D-N.Y.) said Sunday that President TrumpDonald TrumpFreedom Caucus member condemns GOP group pushing 'Anglo-Saxon political traditions' MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell's new free speech site to ban certain curse words Secret Facebook groups of special operations officers include racist comments, QAnon posts: report 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 StephanopoulosBiden was right to call Putin a 'killer' — but is he doing enough to save Alexei Navalny? Senate Republican targets infrastructure package's effect on small business job creators Energy secretary: 'We don't want to use past definitions of infrastructure' 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 CruzUS has seen 45 mass shootings in the past month The Hill's 12:30 Report: Nearly half of U.S. adults partially or fully vaccinated Cruz no longer wearing mask in Capitol MORE (R-Texas) and Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyHillicon Valley: Biden administration sanctions Russia for SolarWinds hack, election interference The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - CDC in limbo on J&J vax verdict; Rep. Brady retiring Republican lawmakers reintroduce bill to ban TikTok on federal devices 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.