The Democrats are going “all in” to protest President Trump’s comments about a white nationalist rally and they are putting intense pressure on their Republican colleagues to denounce their party’s leader. They are not overlooking one weapon in their arsenal. That weapon is sending letters, calling for hearings, launching campaign ads, delivering on promised resolutions of censure, and even developing articles of impeachment. This is all in response to the firestorm ignited by the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Va., and the president’s “tempered” response.
The Republicans seem to be in a “no win” posture. They have to condemn the racist groups that organized the “Unite the Right” rally while trying not to rebuke the president. They need his support to move their aggressive legislative agenda they need to finish before the year’s end.
The Democrats are seizing the momentum from last weekend’s chaos and trying to force Trump to fire the more nationalist voices in the White House. The Congressional Black Caucus is aiming for the Confederate statues near the Capitol, and they have the backing of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
Some in the Democratic Party are getting ready for next month’s government spending debate to secure funding for organizations that battle white supremacists and other hate groups.
The events of the last week have shifted the Democratic focus once again. They had moved away from an all out criticism of Trump and developed their agenda for “A Better Deal.” But Trump’s response to Charlottesville has made the party recalibrate. They are in an intense effort to force the GOP to take a stand against Trump for his controversial actions.
But, is this the right direction for Democrats? An NPR/PBS/Marist poll on Wednesday found that 62% of Americans favor keeping statues of Confederate historical figures in place. Stephen Bannon, chief strategist for the president and one of the voices Democrats would like to silence in the White House, argued that the left’s “race-identity politics” would only strengthen support for the president.
“Tear down more statues. Say the revolution is coming. I can’t get enough of it,” Bannon told The New York Times.
Most in the Republican Party think that Trump’s response to Charlottesville was not strong enough, but he still has broad support in his party. 79% of the GOP still approve of his performance, while only 10% disapprove, according to the NPR/PBS/Marist poll. Because of the month-long August break, most Republican leaders have managed to stay out of the public eye in the midst of the controversy.
In the video clip below, you can hear Congressman Steve Cohen announce that he will be introducing articles of impeachment against President Trump because of his comments after the Charlottesville tragedy. Let us know if you agree or disagree with the Democratic party’s all out blitz to remove the president.
Credit: The Hill