Asked about whether or not President Trump should be impeached due to the revelations of the full Mueller report, Mayor Pete Buttigieg sounded limp and equivocal: “I’m pretty sure he deserves to be, but Congress will have to figure procedurally what to do.”
Fellow 2020 longshot Beto O’Rourke was similarly ambiguous. “I wouldn’t blame any member of the House for voting for this,” he said.
This has been the general tone and tenor of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, who while appearing to really want, deep down, to call for Trump’s impeachment, perhaps recognize that there really is nothing in the Mueller report to justify such an extraordinary step. So far, the only one of them to make a bold stand for impeachment has been Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who is probably still mad that Trump baited her into that whole DNA test debacle.
“To ignore a President’s repeated efforts to obstruct an investigation into his own disloyal behavior would inflict great and lasting damage on this country,” Warren tweeted. “The severity of this misconduct demands that elected officials in both parties set aside political considerations and do their constitutional duty. That means the House should initiate impeachment proceedings against the President of the United States.”
Even casual followers of the news will know, however, that Mueller declined to say whether or not Trump committed obstruction of justice. They will also know that Trump’s “disloyal behavior” didn’t actually exist. But hey, Warren’s been known to lie.
Only one 2020 candidate appears to have actually read the report in question. In an interview with Fox News on Sunday, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) said that because Mueller declined to recommend charges against President Trump, it was time for Democrats to move on.
“The conclusion that came from that Mueller report was that no collusion took place,” Gabbard said. “Now is the time for us to come together as a country to put the issues and the interests and the concerns that the American people have at the forefront, to take action to bring about real solutions for them.
“I don’t think that we should defeat Donald Trump through impeachment,” she continued. “I think it’s really important for us, in this country, to come together and have the American people vote to take Donald Trump out of office in 2020.”
A Democrat who believes that we should settle our political differences in the arena of electoral politics? How strange. No wonder Gabbard finds herself at odds with the Democratic Party so often; when she talks, she doesn’t consistently sound like a raving lunatic. The others could learn something.
But we doubt they will.