Speaker Nancy Pelosi said over the weekend that she’s not going to try to impeach Donald Trump at this time because she’d rather wait until she has the kind of evidence that’ll ensure his impeachment results in his ouster. She made a point of adding that impeaching Trump right now just for the sake of impeaching him would be pointless, because he’s “just not worth it.” Palmer Report pointed out that Pelosi was clearly setting a trap for Trump. Sure enough, he just stepped in it.
Here’s what Donald Trump spewed out today: “I greatly appreciate Nancy Pelosi’s statement against impeachment, but everyone must remember the minor fact that I never did anything wrong, the Economy and Unemployment are the best ever, Military and Vets are great – and many other successes! How do you impeach a man who is considered by many to be the President with the most successful first two years in history, especially when he has done nothing wrong and impeachment is for ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’?” Wow did he just blow it.
First, just as we predicted, Donald Trump is the one who’s normalizing the idea of impeaching him, just by talking about it. Second, he just set the bar for his own ouster by acknowledging that a president who has committed “high crimes and misdemeanors” should be impeached. Once Robert Mueller indicts Trump, or recommends that he be indicted, or however it ends up going down, Pelosi will use Trump’s own words to explain why she has no choice but to impeach him.
At that point, Nancy Pelosi’s judicious approach will pressure at least some Senate Republicans to go along with Donald Trump’s ouster, for fear of going down with him. The Republicans are already at a point where they’re voting against Trump’s national emergency, for fear of having to answer for it to voters later. That’s a big first step toward voting against Trump remaining president. Pelosi knows what she’s doing, and Trump doesn’t have a clue what’s going on here.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report