Omar calls impeachment 'inevitable,' 'terrifying'

Omar calls impeachment 'inevitable,' 'terrifying'
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Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarSunday shows - Guns dominate after Democratic debate Omar responds to family of 9/11 victim who called her out at anniversary ceremony Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley dance to Lizzo's 'Truth Hurts' in video MORE (D-Minn.) says she now views impeachment proceedings against President TrumpDonald John TrumpHarris bashes Kavanaugh's 'sham' nomination process, calls for his impeachment after sexual misconduct allegation Celebrating 'Hispanic Heritage Month' in the Age of Trump Let's not play Charlie Brown to Iran's Lucy MORE as "inevitable," while calling the prospect of pushing to remove a sitting president "terrifying."

In a January interview with Rolling Stone published Wednesday, the freshman representative argues that the president "has the markings of a dictator" who will cling to power.

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"I believe that impeachment is inevitable," Omar told the magazine.

"It also is a terrifying notion. [Vice President] Pence is an ideologue, and the ideology he holds is more terrifying to me and my constituents," she continued.

"And we have not had a full impeachment that removes the president from office. Nations struggle any time [they] overthrow a dictator, and Trump really has the markings of a dictator."

Omar reiterated her view on impeachment Wednesday afternoon in a tweet promoting the interview.

Along with fellow freshman Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibBill Maher, Michael Moore spar over Democrats' strategy for 2020 Young insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight We must stand together against hatred MORE (D-Mich.), Omar has signed the "Pledge to Impeach" effort led by the advocacy group By the People, which announced Tuesday that the two Democrats were the first sitting members to sign the document.

Representatives for both Omar and Tlaib confirmed to The Hill this week that the congresswomen had signed the pledge, effectively vowing to support any impeachment efforts brought against Trump by the Democratic-controlled House.

“The Congresswoman believes that Donald Trump has performed many actions that should bring forth impeachment,” Tlaib's office said in a statement this week.

Still, people who have worked with Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiProgressives call for impeachment inquiry after reported Kavanaugh allegations The promise and peril of offshoring prescription drug pricing Words matter, except to Democrats, when it involves impeaching Trump MORE (D-Calif.) told The Hill they think she'll opt to not move to impeach Trump – barring a bombshell finding from special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerFox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network Mueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal MORE.

Instead, they said they believe that Pelosi will remain focused on the Democratic agenda ahead of the 2020 presidential election.