As soon as Nancy Pelosi, (D-California) took over an old role she had as the first woman speaker of the House, one of the issues that arrived at her doorstep was the issue on impeachment bruited around since January 2017, when Donald Trump assumed the 5th presidency of the United States.
The Pelosi response to the aforementioned impeachment was short and she did not make any effort to disguise her say. She immediately indicated how an “anti-impeachment
stand makes sense.” Her initial response toward the subject reportedly “angered some of her Democratic colleagues,” when she underscored what might ensue if impeachment
proceedings would follow.
“Impeachment would be so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path,”
was the immediate reaction of the first days of the Pelosi’s speakership when the newly-constituted Congress took over early in January 2019.
The Pelosi response, of course, did not rule out the House impeaching Trump if special counsel Robert Mueller or Democratic committee investigations revealed crimes or
wrongdoing so damaging that even Republicans would undoubtedly abandon him based on their individual beliefs, not as members of a party.
Speaker Pelosi was merely acknowledging that the Republican establishment is “unlikely to turn on Trump no matter what comes out.”
Polls have indicated that 86 percent of Republicans oppose initiating impeachment proceedings, despite ample evidence of corruption and crimes.
A summary statement was gathered which was directed to any similar probe relating to the current presidency.
“This is a very different and more right-wing Republican Party than the one that turned on Richard Nixon during Watergate. Trump has convinced his supporters that
politics is nothing but partisan warfare, and that any impeachment effort would be a coup d’état.”
It is true that the issue which hovered over the U.S. was the government shutdown authored by Trump, called the “longest shutdown in government history,” was vigorously
opposed when Trump’s proposal to trade border wall funding for temporary protections for “Dreamers” appeared dead. It will be recalled that the Democrats turned down the Trump
offer to “exchange temporary immigrant protections for $5.7 billion to begin “adding “steel barriers in high-priority locations” to 654 miles of existing border fencing.
Those protections indicated earlier included a three-year extension on the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program, covering some 700,000 immigrants
illegally brought to America as children, known popularly as “The Dreamers.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called a GOP bill incorporating Trump’s proposal a reasonable
The McConnell statement: “The opportunity to end all this is staring us right in the face.”
Yet, the Pelosi response was immediate. She branded Trump’s proposal a “nonstarter” owing to the rationale: “The protections are temporary and attached to new
Inevitably, when impeachment is bruited about, the case of the most recent and the longest government shutdown will continue to be part of the radar screen.
During that infamous shutdown, the Pelosi voice was firm.
She added: “Democrats will not negotiate as long as Trump continues the shutdown–which left 800,000 federal employees without remuneration.
“If Trump can ‘hold’ the employees hostage now,” said Pelosi, “they’re hostage forever.”
Political analysts from all over the country did not hesitate to lend their voice to the Pelosi stand. “Democrats are right to reject Trump’s DACA offer. It wouldn’t make the
Dreamers much better off than they are now,” was the consensus of the greater portion of the analyses.
What appeared as remote was what was gathered from the Supreme Court’s comment on DACA.: That it wouldn’t likely consider the case until 2020 was not a guess.
It had a more realistic tone. The word on the Democrats’ stance on the recent government shutdown likewise was made emphatic when the party’s refusal to negotiate on the
same important issue was how they wouldn’t negotiate until the shutdown was over.
Indeed, the Democrats did have the right to refuse to negotiate until the end of the shutdown became a reality was forceful.
The aforesaid refusal was lauded by powerful voices; if Trump still continued with the shutdown, it would have been clear that it would be named tantamount to “encouraging Trump to take the government hostage again the next time he wants something Congress won’t give him.”
What has remained clear: the DACA kids already had legal protection until Trump yanked it away in 2017 by executive order.
Returning to the subject of impeachment, Speaker Pelosi thinks it’s better to “let all the dirt come out and then run against a badly-damaged Trump in 2020.”
The above Pelosi frame of mind relevant to impeachment is wise. Americans will sound off through a voice of their own via the ballot box.