WASHINGTON — President Trump’s campaign on Tuesday called on his Democratic challengers for 2020 to say whether they support House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s stance against impeachment.
“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.
Pelosi made waves Monday when she told the Washington Post that she was “not for impeachment.”
“I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country. And he’s just not worth it,” she said.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), one of the Democratic contenders, was quick to say that she wasn’t shutting the door on impeachment.
“I want to look at the Mueller report before I make a decision about whether I believe he should or should not be impeached,” she told reporters outside the Capitol on Monday night.
But like many of her fellow 2020 hopefuls, she preached caution — or disinterest.
“I would like to see this president and the style of politics that he represents sent off through the electoral process, decisively defeated at the ballot box,” South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg said Sunday night at a CNN presidential town hall.
A spokeswoman for the 37-year-old 2020 contender pointed to that remark when asked specifically about Pelosi’s comments.
Some progressives are still pursuing impeachment — but wouldn’t criticize Pelosi.
“I am beginning the investigation,” Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) said Tuesday. “That doesn’t mean we’re voting on it. It means we’re beginning the process to look at some of these alleged crimes, these impeachable offenses.”
Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) also wouldn’t rebuke Pelosi when he vowed to reintroduce new articles of impeachment.
“There will be another vote on the floor of the Congress of the United States of America,” Green told reporters in his office Tuesday.
“There were 66 people last time [who voted for it]. If I had to guess now and give you a prognostication given the way the opinion makers and opinion shakers have handled this, my guess is they’ve done a pretty good job among the members and you probably won’t get 66,” the Texas Democrat said.
Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), who was among those who voted alongside Green last year, called the congressman’s push “premature” and said he didn’t know if he could vote with him again for impeachment.
“I don’t know, I would have to see it, I think it would be a mistake to force a vote in the next couple of weeks,” Engel told The Post.
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