Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg calls for impeaching Trump
Democratic 2020 upstart Pete Buttigieg has joined the ill-fated “impeach Trump” mob by declaring Thursday that it’s “very clear that the president deserves impeachment.”
Speaking during a live interview with the Washington Post‘s Bob Costa, Buttigieg confirmed that he supports the push impeaching President Trump.
The 37-year-old South Bend, Indiana mayor said he would back House Democrats initiating the controversial proceedings.
The case against Trump is being “built each passing day by the White House,” Buttigieg claims.
“As to when and how the House goes about launching those procedural steps to get the inquiry up and running, I’m going to leave that to the House,” Mr. Buttigieg said at the WaPo event.
“Because I know that regardless of how that process unfolds, we got a political job to do as well.”
He said that House Democrats want to follow a “sequence” so they don’t get accused of a “knee-jerk” reaction.
“They’re exercising unbelievable discipline, given that we are well past the point of what would ordinarily be tolerated,” he said.
He called impeachment “a fundamentally political, not legal process – because it comes down to the votes of politicians.”
According to the Washington Examiner, despite the comment, he said that it was “up to the House” to decide upon when or how to begin impeachment proceedings, joking about the power that Speaker Nancy Pelosi — who has not come out in support of impeachment — has over younger House Democrats who have been vocal in their calls to impeach Trump.
“I’ve learned, as a young Democrat, I’ve learned to think cautiously before offering advice to Nancy Pelosi,” he joked.
“What will really matter most is the conscience of Republican senators,” he said.
“If anything is going to reunite them with their conscience in the long run, in my view, it is a decisive electoral defeat for Republicans in 2020, which is what I’m of course trying to deliver by running against this president.”
Buttigieg also touched on Rep. Justin Amash’s call for the president to be impeached.
The Michigan representative is the first Republican to come out in support of the move. Buttigieg said that Amash was the “exception to prove the rule,” pointing out how Republicans have remained loyal to Trump after Amash’s statement.
He said that he thinks the best way to get Republicans to regain their “conscience” would be a strong Democratic victory in the 2020 elections.
“What really will matter most is the conscience of Republican senators,” he said.
“If anything is going to reunite them with their conscience in the long run, in my view, it is a decisive electoral defeat for Republicans in 2020,” he added.
A RealClearPolitics national average of polls has Buttigieg at 6.3% support.
Joe Biden leads the 23-candidate pack with 35% national support.