House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) officially launched a formal impeachment inquiry against Trump on Tuesday, following the controversy surrounding Trump’s phone call with the Ukrainian president — of which the president released the transcript on Wednesday.
Although she will be attending Pelosi’s meeting on Wednesday surrounding the impeachment inquiry, Gabbard told “Fox & Friends” that she doesn’t have the same stance on impeachment as the other 2020 Democrats.
Gabbard called impeachment “terribly divisive” to the U.S. because of the “hyperpartisanship” that’s “driving our country apart.”
“I’ve been consistent in saying I believe that impeachment at this juncture would be terribly divisive for the country at a time when we are already extremely divided. The hyperpartisanship is one of the main things driving our country apart. I think it’s important to defeat Donald Trump, that’s why I’m running for president. But I think it’s the American people who need to make their voices heard making that decision.”
Watch Gabbard’s interview below:
Although she’s been harsh about Trump – blasting the president as a “pimp” regarding the Middle East situation — Gabbard has broken from the Democratic presidential group, including when she admitted that some of the other contenders are for “open borders.”
As IJR reported, Democratic party chairman in Des Moines, Iowa, Kurt Meyer, said in response to the impeachment inquiry, and the effects on the Democratic primaries and voters: “If a highly motivated person drags her mother and her husband and her second cousin twice removed to the polls, then it makes a difference.”
University of Massachusetts associate professor of political science Erin O’Brien warned that the topic of impeachment might dominate the upcoming debates.
“Trump has been the elephant in the room, but the democratic debates so far have been really policy centered,” O’Brien said, adding, “I think impeachment now takes center stage.”