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Pundit: Democrats’ efforts to impeach Trump aren’t going according to plan
Efforts to impeach President Donald Trump are plainly partisan — which is part of the reason why they will fail, according to The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway.
In an article published Tuesday titled, “Real Talk: Impeachment Is Going Poorly For Democrats And The Media,” Hemingway outlined the ways in which Democrats sought to hide the fact that they have come up short in their search for evidence of “high crimes or misdemeanors” by the president before asserting that Republicans “aren’t going to fall for impeachment” — unless, she writes, “they’re heavily incentivized to do so by outside interests.”
When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) presented a resolution officially authorizing the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, not a single Republican voted to support it, according to The New York Times. But that’s not the message Chuck Todd, host of NBC’s Meet the Press, presented on Sunday’s episode.
According to Hemingway, Todd tried to obscure the reality of the situation by displaying a graphic that counted Michigan Rep. Justin Amash, an independent, as a Republican. (Amash left the Republican Party over the summer, the Times reported.)
The graphic compared the number of Democrats who supported former President Bill Clinton’s impeachment in the late 1990s with the number of Republicans who support Trump’s ouster. But although not a single Republican was on board with the House’s resolution — and even some Democrats sided with the GOP — Todd’s graphic showed 31 Democrats turning their backs on Clinton and one Republican going against Trump.
“I have one with an asterisk here,” Todd admitted on Sunday’s show. “I don’t know what you do with Justin Amash. It’s not a zero. At the same time, he’s not a Republican anymore.”
Hemingway lamented that “there are multiple problems with this graphic,” writing:
For one thing, zero Republicans voted with House Democrats last week. Zero point zero. Zilch. Nada. None. For another, Todd’s team is hiding the bipartisan nature of the opposition to the vote last week. Not only did not a single Republican vote with Democrats, two Democrats voted with Republicans in opposition.
This, despite the fact that Pelosi said in March that “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,” she added, according to RollCall.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) agreed with that assessment — or at least, he did over 20 years ago, when the target was Bill Clinton.
“There must never be a narrowly voted impeachment or an impeachment substantially supported by one of our major political parties and largely opposed by the other,” Nadler argued two decades ago, according to The Federalist. “Such an impeachment will produce divisiveness and bitterness in our politics for years to come, and will call into question the very legitimacy of our political institutions.”
Nadler also contended that Congress had “no right to overturn the considered judgment of the American people” and that removing a president should only be done “to defend our system of government or our constitutional liberties against a dire threat.”
But it seems the Dems aren’t interested in taking their own words to heart. Impeachment doesn’t have bipartisan support — in fact, it has bipartisan opposition — and thus far, none of the Dems’ witnesses have been able to identify a crime that the president has committed.
Until that changes, Hemingway says even “the more feckless Republican politicians aren’t going to fall for impeachment.” And that’s good news for President Trump.
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