Pelosi’s Remarks on Impeachment Make Waves 🌊

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Eric Thayer/The New York Times/Redux

Pelosi takes her stance

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), in comments to the Washington Post, has made it clear that impeachment of President Trump is not a path she’s willing to explore at the moment, mostly due to the “political firestorm”that would ensue after such an action.

A change of heart

As recently as January 2019, however, Pelosi told NBC’s “Today” that “we shouldn’t be impeaching for a political reason, and we shouldn’t avoid impeachment for a political reason.” Her most recent remarks, however, seem to point to mostly political reasons for avoiding impeachment.


LEANING LEFT:

Washington Post: Pelosi’s caution on impeachment upsets her party’s liberals

Politico: Pelosi’s hard line on impeachment splits House Dems

The left is choosing to focus on the rift that Pelosi has created in her own party, emphasizing the cautious nature of the Speaker’s attitudes on impeachment and her hard rule against imposing it. They are also noting the effects Pelosi’s choice to advocate against impeachment could have on the 2020 presidential race.

LEANING RIGHT:

Washington Examiner: AOC, other Dems break with Pelosi on impeachment: 'I happen to disagree'

National Review: Impeaching Trump will remain the Democrats’ pipe dream

The right also addresses the split in the Democratic Party, but is choosing to frame it as a decrease in power of the Democrats due to lack of unity. They also call to attention the constituent activist groups who have been calling for Trump’s impeachment since his inauguration, and the difficulty historically with actually impeaching a sitting president.


Exceptional circumstances

Pelosi also stated in her remarks that she would rethink her stance on impeachment only if something “so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan” came to light regarding Trump. This is partly due to the necessity of a supportive Senate should impeachment processes start; NPR political correspondent Mara Liasson has stated that it would be “a fool’s errand” to start impeachment without the support of the Senate.

Does this look like someone who wants to impeach Trump?

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