With eighteen candidates to choose from, many Democratic lawmakers are holding off on making endorsements for the 2020 presidential election, but Rep. Steve Cohen’s (D-Tenn.) endorsement is clear.
“I wanna say I want to announce my candidate for president for 2020,” Cohen said Friday morning on MSNBC, pulling at a red a white “Not Trump 2020” hat.
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Cohen, however, would rather not have Trump as an option on the ballot in 2020 at all. The Tennessee congressman has been one of the most adamant about impeaching the president, and he said he believes the contents of the Mueller report further prove his point.
“I believe impeachable offensives have been committed and I believe it’s worthwhile to put in history’s files what this man has done and impeach him,” he stated.
But Cohen was more reasonable with his request and acknowledged that not all Democrats are on board and it would be a rough political move to make.
“I don’t think it’s gonna happen politically,” he admitted, suggesting that censuring the president would be easier.
“[A censure] could pass. It would at least put a historical note that this man’s conduct with regards to obstruction of justice is something that should be noted with an official resolution, so I think we can do that.”
Other Democrats, such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, believe the 2020 election — now eighteen months away — is the ultimate solution to getting Trump out fo office.
Cohen’s “endorsement” reflects the feelings of many other Democrats who have strayed away from aligning themselves with a single candidate this early in the election. Some candidates, such as Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) picked up early endorsements from lawmakers in their own states.