Early on in their quest to impeach Donald Trump, the Democratic leadership was very wary about making anything official. They believed that a failed impeachment, which was likely given the makeup of the Senate, would hand the President a big feather for his cap heading into the 2020 election.
Specifically, this was one of the most vocalized fears of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who only fell in line with the more radical pockets of the party after the UkraineGate conspiracy theory got up and running.
Despite Pelosi’s turn toward impeachment in that instance, the results appear to be on the same path as before: A swift acquittal in the Senate and a resounding boost for the President in the polls leading up to the next election.
Newt Gingrich explained it perfectly.
Gingrich said he believes Democrats know Trump is going to win reelection next November and the impeachment is being driven more by politics and Democrats’ “hatred” for the president.
“If he is in the election, he is going to win. How do they get him out of the election? This is the most bizarrely anti-constitutional gimmick I think I have ever seen. There is zero basis for what they are doing. Just listen to them talk about it. There is nothing constitutional about trying to impeach a president because you don’t like him. And that’s the bottom line here,” he said.
“They had a very weak case and gave it to [Adam] Schiff, who is a liar and frankly looks sort of like a Soviet-era prosecutor. He is not a very believable person. … Then they give it to [Jerrold] Nadler, who is just terrible on television. Every day this goes on they get weaker and Nancy Pelosi, who is not stupid, has figured out she couldn’t stop it because her left would have cannibalized her. So she had to go through with it, but this is a worse nightmare than she expected,” said Gingrich.
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