Leading up to the 2020 presidential elections, the Democratic Party is trying to choose a presidential nominee to oppose incumbent President Trump, move forward with impeachment proceedings, along with other policy proposals and political tactics. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) resisted calls from within her party to push for impeachment of President Trump until this week, which she said, “We will have no choice” but to proceed with impeachment in the House of Representatives.
Pelosi and her lieutenants in House Democratic leadership opposed calls for impeachment proceedings from the progressive wings of party lawmakers in the House of Representatives. But, coupled with internal clamor for impeachment, multiple 2020 Democratic Party presidential candidates called for the impeachment of the president. Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) called for impeachment proceedings, in addition to the majority of other presidential candidates in the crowded Democratic Party primary field.
But a CNN analysis written by Chris Cillizza insisted the Democratic Party pump the brakes on impeachment. In his analysis, Cillizza said that “the public wasn’t clearly behind it” and that the impeachment effort would not be bipartisan, therefore turning off moderate and independent voters.
Polling supports anti-impeachment rhetoric, too, as a recent Monmouth University poll discovered that 6 in 10 people opposed impeaching President Trump. In the same poll, 7 in 10 self-identified Democrats said they were in favor of impeaching the president.
Cillizza noted that no polling has been done this past week, when news broke of President Trump delaying military aid to Ukraine while pushing the Ukrainian president to investigate former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter. The news led to more House Democrats calling for impeachment proceedings. He also doubted that the Ukraine news would push more voters to be in favor of impeachment.
Pelosi will move forward with impeachment, but as Cillizza said, it may be “a major political gamble” that has little bipartisan appeal.