Democratic zealots are demanding the impeachment of Donald Trump.
But will the party follow through?
One leading Democrat just tipped the party’s hand.
Minnesota Senator Al Franken is one of the leading leftists in the Senate.
He has also been talked about as a possible presidential candidate in 2020.
So it would be natural to think he would try and ride the left’s wave of anger and jump on the “impeach Trump” bandwagon.
That was not the case.
He warned against impeaching Trump and spun it that installing Mike Pence as President would actually be more dangerous.
The International Business Times reports:
If Donald Trump were impeached, as some Democrats would like, Mike Pence “would be worse” for domestic policy than the current president, U.S. Sen. Al Franken told International Business Times. But the Vice President would be less dangerous on foreign policy, said Franken.
Franken made the comments in an interview with IBT during a stop on his book tour in Denver. During the wide-ranging discussion, the Minnesota Democrat said his party could use the so-called “nuclear” option to try to block the Trump administration’s health care bill. On a contentious environmental issue, Franken parted ways with many progressive Democrats in saying that natural gas from fracking is helping “transition” America to cleaner energy. He also said the Democratic Party is less divided than Sen. Bernie Sanders and other progressives think..
One of his party’s highest-profile lawmakers, Franken has pressed law enforcement officials to step up their scrutiny of Trump’s finances and has said, “everything points to” collusion between Trump’s team and the Russian government. But he warned that the outcome of impeachment would not be the answer to Democratic dreams.
“Pence ran the transition and some of the very worst nominees, I felt — [EPA chief Scott] Pruitt, [Education Secretary Betsy] DeVos, [HHS Secretary Tom] Price, [Budget director Mick] Mulvaney — were Pence selections, clearly, I think,” Franken told IBT. “He’s ideological, I consider him a zealot, and I think that in terms of a lot of domestic policy certainly would be worse than Trump.”
Franken added that he believes Pence would be better able to manage foreign policy matters.
“If you’re talking about how we handle North Korea or something like that, I’d probably be more comfortable with Pence ultimately making those decisions than Trump, because of Trump’s personality and character,” he said. “I think that [Trump] is so outside the norm in his behavior that that actually does concern me, and it concerns me that I don’t know what he will do if he looks like he’s going to be impeached and he wants to deflect. I don’t know what he’s capable of, and that really does concern me.”
The left’s “Trump Derangement Syndrome” has yet to deliver a victory in one of the five special elections held since Trump’s inauguration.
But the base of the party – who fancy themselves “the resistance” – believes unyielding hatred of Trump is what will deliver victories.
National Democrats now floating talk of impeachment is a political loser.
Even Nancy Pelosi has tried to tamp down that talk.
Franken’s answer was a gentle way of letting their base down.
He tried to say impeaching Trump would actually make things worse.
What he really meant was that unhinged talk that makes Democrats seem crazy is a sure-fire path to defeat in 2018.