Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) doubled down on his calls for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, claiming that American democracy is at risk if Congress doesn’t “act now.”
Although Mueller only called the press conference to announce that he would be resigning and would refuse to comment beyond what he wrote in his 400-page report, several Democrats took his comments as a dog whistle call for impeachment.
So far, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) have no interest in impeachment. Instead, they have encouraged several House committees to continue their own investigations. Pelosi has noted that she believes impeachment is too divisive to do unless there is a bipartisan effort. Only Michigan Rep. Justin Amash has signaled impeachment support from the Republican side.
The impeachment roadblocks from Pelosi and Schumer have outraged many Democrats, including O’Rourke. The former congressman took to Twitter to call for impeachment.
As Mueller reiterates there were "multiple, systemic efforts to interfere in our election," Trump calls it a hoax. He invited these attacks, obstructed the investigation into them & told Putin there will be no consequences for launching a concerted attack on our political system.
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) May 29, 2019
During an interview on MSNBC with host Chris Matthews, O’Rourke doubled down on his calls for impeachment, claiming that a failure to act by Congress could result in a loss of “democracy forever.”
Watch O’Rourke’s comments:
“Act now or lose our democracy forever. That is the choice before us. And I’m grateful to those lawmakers [supporting impeachment], including Republican Justin Amash, who have put this country ahead of their own political careers. And I understand political considerations. I’ve held elected office. I’m campaigning for one right now. But this moment demands more of us and we will be judged by how we have faced these facts.”
O’Rourke noted that he would vote for impeachment if he were still serving in Congress.
The former congressman is currently polling in sixth place out of the 23 candidates running to be the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee.