Democrats are hypocrites on impeachment

15 March, 2019, 03:01 | Author: Rachel Logan
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi D-Calif. speaks at a news conference in late January. MUST CREDIT Washington Post

Nancy asserted that she is against Trump's impeachment unless there's something compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan.

"I'm not for impeachment", she told the Washington Post.

"Every single Democrat running for president should be made to answer: do they agree with the Speaker who stands in opposition to baseless impeachment charges, or will they risk fracturing the country by bowing to the radical elements in their party who want to disenfranchise the American people and overturn the legitimate and lawful result of the last election?" said Trump campaign press secretary Kayleigh McEnany.

"It changes the conversation away from impeachment, gives at-risk Dems a shield when asked the I-word question and places the burden on Republicans (if Trump's getting impeached, it will take GOP votes to do it)".

"Impeachment would never be a political solution - ever", says Rep. James Langevin, a 10-term Democrat from Rhode Island.

He declined to say when he plans to take action, saying, "The acid test is one that does not carry with it a specific date". But he also pointed to potential obstruction of justice, including referencing Trump's firing of now-former FBI Director James Comey. But dozens of Democrats joined Green in voting against the motion to table - 58 on December 6, 2017 and 66 on January 18, 2018 - a sign that they wanted to vote on the impeachment resolution and likely would've supported it.

Even Democrats who have introduced articles of impeachment against President Trump in the past, such as Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) and Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), don't think the votes are there now, Roll Call reported.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump holds a campaign rally at Huntington Tri-State Airport in Huntington, West Virginia, U.S., November 2, 2018.

A recent poll out of Iowa shows Trump's support among Republicans at an extremely high level.

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"I'm going to move forward, obviously", she told reporters.

"If the [reports] indicate that that's become necessary, then we must fulfil our oath and proceed with impeachment", said Rep Ilhan Omar, a freshman progressive firebrand.

The speaker's ability to keep the House Democratic Caucus-which spans the political spectrum from moderate liberals to Democratic Socialists-is also at play, the strategists said.

The chairmen of several powerful investigative committees backed Ms Pelosi, but a crop of members on the left disagreed with her insistence that Republican support was a key ingredient for impeachment.

"I know that this is hard for them to run against in 2020".

But if norm-building is the point of an impeachment of Donald Trump, then Democrats would need to build that case. "Let's vote our convictions".

Pelosi stressed to the Post that while she does not believe the country should impeach the president, Trump is still "ethically", "intellectually" and "curiosity-wise" unfit for the presidency.

Other lawmakers who have called for impeachment looked at Pelosi's comments more practically. Heading into the midterm elections, she discouraged candidates from talking up impeachment, preferring to stick to the kitchen table issues that she believes most resonate with voters.

But the divide on impeachment is emerging as one less about ideology and more about pragmatism, with the not-ready-to-impeach camp arguing that the action would not succeed and could make things worse for both the Democratic Party and the nation.


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