Stephen Colbert asked Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.) on Tuesday if she would run for president if President Joe Biden doesn’t in 2024. (Watch the videos below.)
The progressive lawmaker had just watched Cassidy Hutchinson’s damning testimony before the House panel investigating Donald Trump’s role in the Capitol insurrection, so keep that in mind.
Colbert coyly noted that a certain person would turn 35 ― the minimum age for a presidential candidate ― by the time the elections were held. This prompted Ocasio-Cortez to jokingly take cover.
The “The Late Show” host noted that Biden has repeatedly said he intends to run for office, but he asked Ocasio-Cortez if she would theoretically seek the job.
“Look, I think we need to focus on maintaining a democracy to anybody be president within the next two years,” she replied. “My main goal is to help the people of this country right now.”
“So is it possible?” Colbert pushed.
“I don’t know about that,” she said.
Lawmakers had much more specific reactions to testimony from former White House aide Hutchinson that his boss, chief of staff Mark Meadows, and other senior Trump officials have sought pardons for their role in the siege of January 6, 2021.
“It was just breathtaking to understand and see the detail and depth through which there was an awareness of guilt,” Ocasio-Cortez told the host. “They knew what they were doing was wrong.”
Oscasio-Cortez also said members of Congress who have sought clemency should be expelled “beyond a shadow of a doubt” and possibly prosecuted.
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