The Democrat Speaker of the House of Representatives just earned the wrath of her radicalized party by putting an end to plans to impeach President Donald Trump.
In a long interview with the Washington Post, Pelosi put the kibosh on the party’s plans to impeach President Donald Trump.
Pelosi, the putative leader of the Democrat agenda in Congress, told the paper that impeaching Trump is a no go. She tried to cover by saying that Trump “is just not worth it.”
Pelosi claims that Trump has ben great for the Democrats.
“He’s been a great organizer for Democrats, a great fundraiser for Democrats and a great mobilizer at the grass-roots level for Democrats. And I think that’s good for America,” she exclaimed.
But if her party is gaining strength (as least as far as she is concerned), the paper wondered if Pelosi feels that the Democrat Party is strong enough, powerful enough, and has enough support of the nation to impeach the president.
“There have been increasing calls, including from some of your members, for impeachment of the president,” the paper said.
Shockingly, it appears that Pelosi went in a very different direction with her answer.
I’m not for impeachment. This is news. I’m going to give you some news right now because I haven’t said this to any press person before. But since you asked, and I’ve been thinking about this: Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country. And he’s just not worth it.
This may be a shock to the left.
But it is good politics.
It is highly unlikely that the House will be able to impeach Trump. But even if they do, it is even less likely that the Senate will convict him and then remove him from office. And remember, all this will have to happen before the 2020 presidential election. (It is a two step process. The House is responsible for impeaching a president, but then it is up to the Senate to remove that president from office.)
If impeachment fails (and it will) the Democrats will take a huge hit in 2020. And if that happens, Pelosi’s speakership will come to a crashing end and Trump will be easily re-elected.
Pelosi’s reply to the Post makes a lot of long term political sense.
On the other hand, her caucus will hate her for it and it may lead to her loss of power, anyway!
Finally, this move is evidence that the “investigation” by Robert Mueller will have nothing on it that can lead to impeaching Trump and Pelosi is preparing her caucus for this eventuality. Mueller won’t have anything to help impeach Trump. It’s just that simple.
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