Many of the far-left members of the Democratic Party have stated that they want to impeach President Donald Trump, but Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) just seemed to admit that impeachment is mainstream.
Democrats like Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) have discussed or even drafted articles of impeachment, but they tend to hold extreme positions that lie well beyond the norms of the Democratic Party.
Those ideas are not mainstream Democratic ideas, but impeachment might be.
During a campaign parade, Schumer told a supporter he would like to impeach the president.
Watch the video below:
— Matt Wolking (@MattWolking) September 5, 2018
“The sooner, the better,” Schumer said about impeaching the president. “We've got to get a few Republicans, but the Democrats are on your side.”
Many took to Twitter to note that this was the first time Schumer slipped up and admitted his real goals. His statements quickly became a 2018 midterm campaign issue:
“After months of Democrat Leadership pretending that their ultimate goal wasn’t to impeach President Trump, Chuck Schumer just tore the mask off of his parties anti-Trump radicalism,” said former White House aide Andy Surabian."https://t.co/KKO7KEiZdJ
— Andrew Surabian (@Surabees) September 5, 2018
DEMOCRATS HAVE JUST TURNED THE 2018 MIDTERMS INTO A PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION YEAR FOR REPUBLICANS - Chuckmer: Democrats WIll Impeach Donald Trump 'The Sooner the Better' https://t.co/b0yoCYkTem via @BreitbartNews
— Bill Mitchell (@mitchellvii) September 5, 2018
Joe Manchin's leader, chief obstructionist Chuck Schumer, wants to IMPEACH Trump. Manchin must resign as a member of Schumer's pro-impeachment leadership team! West Virginia stands with Trump and deserves a conservative fighter, not a lying liberal. https://t.co/SMhDICHgNt #WVsen
— AG Patrick Morrisey (@MorriseyWV) September 4, 2018
After a wave of backlash hit the minority leader, his staff released a statement to Fox News claiming that the senator simply misheard the question.
“After a number of questions along the parade route about the fate of President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, the Senator believed he was being asked, 'when will you defeat Trump,' and responded, 'the sooner the better,' noting that we need Republicans to defeat the nomination. As he has said many times and continues to believe, talk of impeachment is premature, and Special Counsel Mueller's investigation should be allowed to continue without any interference.”
Whether Schumer actually misheard the question or not, his statement likely fired up Republican candidates who feel like they have much more to lose than just their seat.