Several Democratic lawmakers have begun to openly call for Congress to open impeachment hearings amid accusations that President Trump has attempted to obstruct an investigation into possible collusion between his campaign and Russia. But one leading contender for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020 has just spoken out. And while he has not hesitated to criticize President Trump, his comments are interesting.
Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) isn’t hoping to impeach President Donald Trump anytime soon, he revealed Sunday. In an appearance on CNN’s State of the Union, the senator said, “I’m not going to rush impeachment. I think we need to deal with this in a very sobered way. This can’t be relitigation of an election that is now past. This has to be about an objective assessment about the facts that are going on right now.”
Why is Booker pulling back on impeachment talk while others are heating up the discussions every day, with the aid of a complicit media? The reason is simple. By seriously pushing impeachment (which they can’t pursue against the will of the Republican majority anyway), Democrats would risk ostracizing voters they need to win seats in the midterm elections.
The only president impeached since the mid-1800s was Bill Clinton. And for those who say, “Yeah, but he didn’t really do anything wrong; it was a Republican majority that impeached him,” remember that his license to practice law was revoked. Clinton was guilty of unsavory actions with young women – in the White House. Then he lied about it to Congress. For that he was impeached.
And what happened to President Clinton’s approval ratings after his impeachment? They hit all-time highs.
Cory Booker gets it. Making a victim out of an opponent whose popularity is already low makes no sense. For Democrats, even if they were successful in seeing Trump removed from office, the result would be a very popular President Mike Pence. And for them that makes even less sense.
So whether you agree with Sen. Booker’s liberal policies or not, give him credit. He’s no dummy.