House Democrats know that Donald Trump is unfit for office. Yet instead of moving forward with impeachment, they appear consumed with whether or not they will suffer for it politically. Check out these resources that articulate why impeaching Trump isn’t just the right thing to do–it’s also good politics.
The release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report made clear that Donald Trump obstructed justice, leading many Americans across the political spectrum, and a number of Democratic presidential candidates, to conclude he deserves to be impeached. House Democrats know that President Trump is unfit for office and that they hold the power to begin impeachment proceedings. Yet instead of acting on the merits of the situation, they appear consumed with whether or not they will suffer politically for it.
At the moment, House Democrats led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, insist that any action toward impeachment — however warranted or urgent — would be too costly politically. This calculation not only answers the wrong question; it’s unsupported by the facts. The politics of impeaching the president favors Democrats, and they should move forward with confidence.
There is simply no historical precedent for impeachment leading to serious political peril.
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This memo seeks to correct faulty and misleading information surrounding impeachment and makes the case that an impeachment process showing leadership and political courage will galvanize democratic voters going into 2020. Read the memo here.
Acting on impeachment would force Senate Republicans to publicly stand with Mr. Trump — just as they’ve stood with him as he’s willfully obstructed justice, profited off the presidency, and brazenly lied to the public. In the 2018 midterm elections, the American people made it clear they do not want representatives who are blindly devoted to Mr. Trump. Instead, they want people in office who will hold him accountable, and if Republicans continue to stick by the President, let them do so on the record.
The impeachment process can sway public opinion and force a reckoning among the President’s partisan defenders. Fewer than 30% of Americans wanted Richard Nixon impeached when the House Judiciary Committee began its investigation. But after the Committee uncovered evidence, and the public had the opportunity to hear sworn testimony on live television and judge President Nixon’s corrupt wrongdoing for themselves, support for Nixon’s ouster soared to 57%.
The stage is already set for a Trump reckoning. Most Americans strongly dislike Mr. Trump; 55% of independents disapprove of his presidency, and 30% of conservatives say they won’t vote for him in 2020. Those feelings only intensify when public hearings like Michael Cohen’s or the release of the redacted Mueller report dominate the news. The impeachment process would remind these voters why they don’t approve of this lawless president.