Mika Brzezinski on Tuesday painted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) assertion that it was "not worth it" to impeach President Donald Trump as a political masterstroke that would surely rile up the president.
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.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib of MI, who took office demanding her fellow Democrats "impeach the [expletive]", and who renewed her push as recently as Friday, dialed back after Mrs. Pelosi's comments, saying she's content with investigations for now.
What's more, this framing does not reckon with an important pathology of our political moment - the enormous propaganda apparatus behind Trump that is already bombarding Republican voters with disinformation painting all inquiry as illegitimate, likely ensuring they will never support any inquiry. Preparing impeachment proceedings would be a considerable undertaking for the House; they would need to rest on findings of several committees now investigating Trump for various things, plus Mueller's.
Speaking to reporters Tuesday, House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries, a Democrat of NY, made a similar point: "We did not run on impeachment".
"I happen to disagree with that take", socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said of Pelosi's statement.
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According to a recent Morning Consult tracking poll, 86 percent of Republicans and 43 percent of independents oppose the initiation of impeachment proceedings (only 36 percent of independents favor this step).
"I don't know, I would have to see it, I think it would be a mistake to force a vote in the next couple of weeks", Engel told The Post.
The politics of impeachment with the 2020 presidential election only a little more than 20 months away is far from the only issue involved in Pelosi's comments.
"They're [Democrats] aware that it's a deeply divided country at the moment", Dr Smith said.
A Republican-led House voted to impeach Democratic President Bill Clinton in 1998, midway through his second term in office, and the Senate voted not to remove him in 1999. The state-by-state contests to decide the Republican and Democratic presidential nominees begin February 3, with the Iowa caucuses. "Let's vote our convictions".
She recently tweeted: "For the faint of heart, who've been waiting for every "t" to be crossed and every "i" to be dotted, now is the time to demonstrate your patriotism".
In the wide-ranging interview, Pelosi also said she believed Trump ended the longest ever shutdown in U.S. history earlier this year because of public sentiment. She knows that impeachment will boomerang on the party and is doing everything in her power to reign in the young Turks.
Several panels in the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives, including one headed by House judiciary chairman Jerrold Nadler, have just opened investigations into nearly every aspect of Mr Trump's life. White House staffers have seized on the split with Ms Sanders using it to claim speaker of the Lower House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, is starting to lose control of her party. She says she's against impeachment.