Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel told an Axios reporter that it was unwise for Democratic candidates running in Midterm elections to run on the promise of impeaching President Trump or make it a major issue in the November races.
“I lived through the Clinton White House. This is a serious legal and constitutional, not political, issue. … I couldn’t be angrier at Donald Trump. … That said, you don’t just flippantly say: We’re for [impeachment],” Emanuel said.
Emanuel warned about jumping the gun and took a note from history suggesting that impeachment will happen when it should clearly happen.
“When we get to it, we collectively as a country will know it — as we did with, like, Richard Nixon,” the mayor said.
The mayor also expressed how much he hates how lightly people throw around the idea of impeachment and thinks the matter should be taken more seriously.
“[Y]ou don’t just treat … the policy standard of impeachment … as a political tool. It’s a constitutional standard and, when that standard has been met, we’ll know about it. … This is a case where the best politics is good policy,” Emanuel said.
The N.Y. Times reported that Republicans are trying to energize their base and lure moderate voters by warning that Dems “will immediately move to impeach President Trump if they capture the House.”
Liberal N.Y. Times columnist Charles Blow bluntly spells out the politics of impeachment: “It is quite possible that trying to impeach and remove Trump could have the opposite effect than the one desired: It could boost rather than diminish his popularity and an acquittal by the Senate would leave an even more popular president in office.”
Looks as though Democrats should take a note from Emanuel and quiet their ridiculous siren call for impeachment before they embarrass themselves again.