Minority House Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has warned her fellow Democrats about rushing to call for President Donald Trump’s impeachment — even refusing to back such calls during an appearance on “The View” — and now she’s doubling down.
During a Wednesday night townhall on CNN, host Chris Cuomo brought up a recent poll showing more than 70 percent of Democrats want to impeach the president and asked Pelosi why she hasn’t yet gotten on board with the idea.Kena Betancur/Getty Images
In response, Pelosi recalled the Founding Fathers’ wish for a united country and indicated that her duty as an elected representative is to keep the country together — something the thinks would be threatened if Democrats make impeachment a top priority.
“There is an investigation,” she said. “If it takes its course, let it take its course, but I do not think that impeachment is a policy agenda.”
“Impeachment is to me, divisive. … If the facts are there, then this would have to be bipartisan to go forward. But if it is viewed as partisan, it will divide the country.” -Nancy Pelosi on whether Democrats should push for impeachment https://t.co/5fJ3K1g9TB #PelosiTownHall pic.twitter.com/xaIcmhKUbh
— CNN (@CNN) May 24, 2018
Pelosi went on to explain that liberals would be better served by focusing on other parts of their agenda, including their “Better Deal for our Democracy” platform aimed at addressing economic and corruption problems, instead, calling impeachment “divisive.”
“Impeachment is, to me, divisive,” Pelosi continued. “Again, if the facts are there — if the facts are there, then this would have to be bipartisan to go forward. But if it is viewed as partisan, it will divide the country, and I just don’t think that’s what we should do.”