Former Obama Administration official and campaign adviser David Axelrod warned Democrats against pursuing impeachment. Axelrod said that impeachment should not be used as a “political tool” and warned that if the shoe was on the other foot, there is no stopping Republicans from using it against a future Democratic president.

Axelrod said, “Dems should NOT commit to impeachment unless & until there’s a demonstrable case for one. It is not just a matter of politics. It’s a matter of principle. If we “normaiize” impeachment as a political tool, it will be another hammer blow to our democracy.”

For standing up against impeachment talk Axelrod drew the ire of his progressive base. Notably, billionaire leftist agitator Tom Steyer, who has been leading a personal battle against President Trump, was particularly triggered by Axelrod’s comments.

Steyer, who has used $20 million of his own money for an ad campaign calling for impeachment shot back forcefully saying, “Let’s be clear: Trump has already committed 8 impeachable offenses. What are we waiting for?”

Steyer, the Democratic mega-donor, also laughably claims that impeaching the president is “not a partisan issue.” But Axelrod refused to back down, slamming Steyer saying “I know impeachment talk is galvanizing for many. It’s great fodder for your TV ads. Just don’t make the mistake of confusing your ad copy for a bill of impeachment.”

Ouch.

If impeachment proceedings were to take place against President Trump, Democrats would need 67 votes in the Senate to remove him from office. That seems highly unlikely barring some new information coming to light.