On Monday, the House’s No. 4 Democrat, Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján, announced he favors “moving forward” on impeaching President Trump. Despite the fact that special counsel Robert Mueller found no criminal conspiracy and concluded the president did not obstruct justice, impeachment fanatics in the Democratic Party seem to prefer stumbling down this road. But there is a reason why House Speaker Nancy Pelosi opposes impeachment – politically, it is a mistake and could put the more vulnerable House Democrats at jeopardy.
A July Quinnipiac poll found that only 32% of voters support Congress beginning the process to impeach President Donald Trump, while 60% of voters oppose it. Only Democrats and African-American voters support impeachment. Majorities of Independents (62%), men (70%), women (51%), white college educated voters (63%), white voters without a college education (66%), 18-34 year-olds (58%), 50-64 year-olds (61%), voters 65 and older (64%), white voters (64%), and Hispanic voters (67%) oppose moving forward with impeachment proceedings.
Democrats like Rep. Luján, Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, Democratic presidential candidates, and a growing list of vulnerable House Democrats are on a fool’s errand. They will not remove President Trump, but will create more division across the country and diminish the standing of Democratic candidates with swing voters.