The left has been rabidly calling for President Trump’s impeachment since the November 2016 day that he won the election.
They started with a dubious list of charges against the President, and since then the list has grown ever longer, and ever more dubious.
Most legal scholars laugh at the impeachment effort, but there are many Democrats who continue to bang the drum of impeachment… and that’s starting to worry even the most partisan of Obama hacks.
None other than David Axelrod is begging the leftwing anti-Trump community to pull back on the impeachment rhetoric because it’s clearly being seen as a political tool instead of a legal, nonpartisan issue.
Anderson Cooper: With Republicans focused on trying to mitigate a Democratic wave in November, strategies gaining steam, warm the Democrats will immediately move to impeach the President if they were in the House. “New York Times” run the piece about that, over the weekend.
And CNN Senior Political Commentator, David Axelrod tweeted about it saying, “Dems should not commit to impeachment unless & until there’s a demonstrable case for one. It is not just a matter of politics. It’s a matter of principle. If we normalize impeachment as a political tool, it will be another hammer blow to our democracy.”
Well, someone who does not agree with that is Democratic mega-donor Tom Steyer, who — you may have seen his T.V. ads making the case for impeachment. He responded with this, “David Axelrod, democracy start with doing what’s right. Right now. Not waiting until things get worse. Appeasing Mr. Trump and being polite is what what’s wrong with the establishment.”
Joining me tonight is Tom Steyer and David Axelrod.
David, you clearly believe that this idea of impeaching President Trump by Democrats is a bad idea. Explain why?
David Axelrod: I don’t think impeachment is either a bad or a good idea. I think impeachment await the Mueller investigation and real factors, great passion about Donald Trump as you know, I’ve been pretty critical of him right now. So I share a lot of the concerns about Donald Trump.
But I think that impeachment — it’s only been done twice in the history of this republic, and each time there’s been no conviction that followed. And it ought to be proceeded with care so that half the country doesn’t think that it’s a bloodless coup. And when you ask candidates in advance, will you vote for the impeachment of the President, and you say we’re going to make this the first order of business of a Democratic Congress, you are tainting that process of making it necessarily partisan, and I think that is very bad for the country…
Look, on the obstruction of justice charge, Mr. Mueller hasn’t even named the President as a target yet. So he hasn’t reached that stage on a charge that they are investigating, and he has much more access to information than any of us and, in fact, a degree in the law. As you point out neither of us have that. And he hasn’t named him as a target.
I think it may come to the point at some point in the future that some of this will lead to impeachment. It could happen. But we ought to give the American people the confidence that it’s done on the basis of facts and on the basis of law, and so, you know, to list them and say you as a non-lawyer have polled some lawyers and you’ve concluded that these are impeachable offenses, why not let the authorities pursue these, let the courts pursue these issues, and then decide whether or not there should be impeachment?
But on the subject of democracy, my concern is this. If impeachment becomes a partisan tool and not an assiduous process, then you are damaging democracy. It’s not about defending the President, it’s about defending democracy, and we can’t take shortcuts because we have a reckless President.