Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, just went in the opposite direction of her base of support. The Speaker said that she does not support impeaching President Trump because it would be “divisive” and “he’s just not worth it.” This revelation certainly places her at odds not only with her base, but with other leaders in her own party.
“I’m not for impeachment,” Pelosi (D-Calif.) told The Washington Post in an interview published Monday.
“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.”
Pelosi added of Trump, “And he’s just not worth it.”
Pelosi’s concession comes two years into the Trump presidency, as well as the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller. It will serve to widen the divide between the Democratic old guard the the current wave of new, progressive and very liberal new guard elected to office in the midterm elections.
If fact, New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez just last week reeled in previous calls for impeachment against Trump. She said she would defer to the wishes of party leadership on the issue, a stance she reiterated Monday.
It was just in December that Ocasio-Cortez told The Washington Examiner she favored impeachment against Trump because, in her estimation, Republicans had a lower “standard” for initiating proceedings against President Bill Clinton.
“This is outrageous. In 1998, the entire Republican Party decides to impeach Bill Clinton over what standard?” Ocasio-Cortez asked in the interview. “They’re the ones that established that standard for impeachment so we are just really meeting the Republican standard.”
Fellow freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) has also supported impeachment proceedings against Trump, but her office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on Monday.
Other Democratic leadership said they would have at least waited to see the results of Mueller’s investigation and other congressional committee probes before throwing in the towel on impeachment.
“I think it is absolutely necessary that we get the full [Mueller] report, that we know the facts . . . and then the House can decide,” said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), who has already announced her own 2020 White House bid.
There are some Washington insiders who are speculating that Pelosi was crazy like a fox.
“To me, she’s laying the foundation to impeach,” said one Democratic congressional aide, who asked not to be named. The aide wondered whether Pelosi was laying the groundwork to say, “I didn’t want to do it but we have no choice.”
Brooklyn Rep. Hakeem Jeffries echoed this possibility
“On the plain words of her statement, she did seem to open the door to the possibility that, if we could do this in a bipartisan way based on the evidence that might justify proceeding with the ultimate political death penalty, she wasn’t closing the door to that,” he said.
And New York Rep. Jerry Nadler said he and Pelosi are on the same wavelength.
“She laid down a number of conditions — it has got to be bipartisan, the evidence has to be overwhelming — which is what I’ve been saying,” the House Judiciary Committee chairman told CNN.
Pelosi has also dismissed any fear of a party schism between moderates and the more progressive new wave of Democrats.
“I say this to them: I was you. I used to carry the [protest] signs pushing strollers,” Pelosi told The Washington Post. “But when you cross over the threshold and come to Congress, you can bring those enthusiasms . . . but you have to want to get results.”
Pelosi said she tries to remain cordial but to the point with the president.
“Is there a relationship?” she said when asked about her rapport with Trump. “My relationship toward him is respectful, respectful of the office that he holds.”
“Straightforward, just tell him what I think.”
Credit: NY Post