Ocasio-Cortez: Removing Trump from office won't fix country's problems

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez tears into Trump's immigration agenda: 'It's about ethnicity and racism' George Takei: US has hit a new low under Trump #IStandWithErica trends after Georgia Democratic lawmaker says she was told to 'go back where you came from' MORE (D-N.Y.) said Sunday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpLiz Cheney: 'Send her back' chant 'inappropriate' but not about race, gender Booker: Trump is 'worse than a racist' Top Democrat insists country hasn't moved on from Mueller MORE is a "symptom of much deeper problems" that would not go away if he was removed from office.

"As horrific as this president is, he is a symptom of much deeper problems," the New York lawmaker tweeted.

"Even foreign influence plays on nat’l wounds that we refuse to address: income inequality, racism, corruption, a willingness to excuse bigotry." 

Ocasio-Cortez made the comments while sharing a tweet from actor George Takei, who said that even if Trump were impeached "we have serious issues to sort out."


Earlier Sunday, Attorney General William Barr sent a letter to Congress revealing that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE's report did not find evidence of collusion between Trump's 2016 campaign and Russia.

That issue had been considered by many a potential avenue for impeachment of Trump if collusion was proven.

Ocasio-Cortez continued Sunday to argue that the impact of Trump's presidency goes beyond him as an individual.

"He can stay, he can go. He can be impeached, or voted out in 2020," she wrote. "But removing Trump will not remove the infrastructure of an entire party that embraced him; the dark money that funded him; the online radicalization that drummed his army; nor the racism he amplified+reanimated."

"In order for us to heal as a nation, we ALL must pursue the hard work of addressing these root causes. It’s not as easy as voting," Ocasio-Cortez added.

"It means having uncomfortable moments convos w/ loved ones, w/ media, w/ those we disagree, and yes - within our own party, too. It’s on all of us."

While some Democrats, including Reps. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibLiz Cheney: 'Send her back' chant 'inappropriate' but not about race, gender Chris Wallace presses Stephen Miller on 'send her back' chant at Trump rally Trump campaign aide says president 'a compassionate man' and 'not a racist' MORE (D-Mich.) and Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersHillicon Valley: Trump seeks review of Pentagon cloud-computing contract | FTC weighs updating kids' internet privacy rules | Schumer calls for FaceApp probe | Report says states need more money to secure elections Here are the 95 Democrats who voted to support impeachment Maxine Waters says her committee will call in Zuckerberg to testify about Libra MORE (D-Calif.), have publicly called for Trump to be impeached, leadership has been hesitant.

Earlier this month, Ocasio-Cortez said she would defer to party leadership on the issue.