Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Why 'Impeachment still off the table'

In this Subscriber’s Post, Judd Legum (popular.info) explains why Speaker Nancy Pelosi is still “firmly against” impeachment.

As Trump and his cabinet obstruct all Congressional oversight, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is still firmly against impeachment. Why? Pelosi does not believe that Trump will voluntarily leave office unless he’s defeated by an overwhelming margin in 2020.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi does not believe President Trump can be removed through impeachment — the only way to do it, she said this week, is to defeat him in 2020 by a margin so “big” he cannot challenge the legitimacy of a Democratic victory.

That is something she worries about.

“We have to inoculate against that, we have to be prepared for that,” Ms. Pelosi said during an interview at the Capitol on Wednesday as she discussed her concern that Mr. Trump would not give up power voluntarily if he lost re-election by a slim margin next year.

This is a shocking statement from the country’s most powerful Democrat. She does not believe that Congress is capable of removing Trump and, more strikingly, she does not believe an election is capable of removing Trump unless the margin is “big.” She believes pursuing impeachment will alienate moderate voters necessary to deliver that margin.

What Pelosi and Cohen have in common

From NBC News in Michael Cohen testimony: The 10 best lines from his hearing before Congress.

… WILL NEVER BE A PEACEFUL TRANSITION OF POWER…’

Cohen said in his closing statement that he fears for the future of the country’s democracy if Trump loses re-election

“Indeed, given my experience working for Mr. Trump, I fear that if he loses the election in 2020 that there will never be a peaceful transition of power,” Cohen said. “This is why I agreed to appear before you today.”

Can you envision 30 years of monarchical rule by Trump and his progeny? You might think about eating cold pizza for breakfast.

30 years
30 years of King Donald? (from Pearls before Swine)

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