Democrats have been playing this little game for the last year where they refuse to tell the truth about their political ambitions. Oh, some of the lower-ranking (and lower IQ) members of the party will say it: They want Donald Trump impeached yesterday, if not before. But when it comes to the leadership – your Chuck Schumers, your Nancy Pelosis – they can’t simply be honest because they’re afraid it will hurt their big Blue Wave chances in November. They’ll admit that they’re going to unleash investigation hell on the Trump administration, miring Washington down in a series of go-nowhere congressional inquiries, but when it comes to the I-word, they’re all like, “Impeachment? Oh no, how silly.”
Sen. Chuck Schumer, the Senate minority leader, was caught on tape at a Brooklyn event on Labor Day. Off-microphone (but within hearing distance of the cameras), Schumer had a very interesting exchange with one of the men in the crowd.
“When y’all gonna impeach Trump?” the man yelled.
“Sooner the better,” Schumer said dryly.
“Sooner the better?” asked the man. “That’s not answering the question.”
“Gotta get a few Republicans [indistinct answer].”
“We’re trying,” said a woman in the crowd. “We’re voting.”
At a time when polls show House Republicans in peril across the nation, this little exchange should be a perfectly wrapped gift for campaign season. Republicans know how unpopular the threat of impeachment is with a great many Americans, not limited to the base. There are plenty of voters for whom the midterms are an unimportant election, hardly worth showing up for. But if they know – straight from the horse’s mouth – that the Democrats are planning to use victory as a way to nullify the results of the 2016 election? That’s another story. Count on imperiled Republicans to play this tape for their constituents day in and day out for the next two months.
In comments to Politico, Republican strategist Andy Surabian said there could no longer be any doubt about the left’s intentions.
“After months of Democrat Leadership pretending that their ultimate goal wasn’t to impeach President Trump, Chuck Schumer just tore the mask off of his parties anti-Trump radicalism,” said Surabian. “If it wasn’t clear before, it should be clear now: Schumer and Pelosi’s end goal is to impeach this President and that’s why it’s vital for Trump supporters to turn out to vote in November and stop them in their tracks.”