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

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezMarkey fundraises ahead of Kennedy primary challenge The Hill's Campaign Report: De Blasio drops out | Warren gains support from black voters | Sanders retools campaign team | Warning signs for Tillis in NC Progressives push for changes to Pelosi drug pricing plan MORE (D-N.Y.) said Sunday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpJulián Castro: It's time for House Democrats to 'do something' about Trump Warren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest 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."

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Earlier Sunday, Attorney General William Barr sent a letter to Congress revealing that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerLewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network Mueller report fades from political conversation 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 TlaibMarkey fundraises ahead of Kennedy primary challenge The Hill's Campaign Report: De Blasio drops out | Warren gains support from black voters | Sanders retools campaign team | Warning signs for Tillis in NC Omar says she hopes Netanyahu not reelected MORE (D-Mich.) and Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersBipartisan housing finance reform on the road less taken Manufacturing group leads coalition to urge Congress to reauthorize Ex-Im Bank Democrats' impeachment message leads to plenty of head-scratching 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.