Billionaire Democrat donor, Tom Steyer has launched a major campaign with ostensibly one purpose: The impeachment of President Donald Trump. A series of TV ads make bold statements about both the President and the Republican Party and how action must be taken to begin the impeachment process; but many are questioning if this is not a bid to secure the Democrat Primary nomination in 2020.
In one of the most prominent ads, Steyer (facing the camera) says:
“A Republican Congress once impeached a President for far less. And today, people in Congress and his own administration know that this President is a clear and present danger who is mentally unstable and armed with nuclear weapons.”
This is clearly a reference to former President Bill Clinton’s impeachment for perjury. Yet the logic doesn’t hold. Has President Trump perjured himself? We have no evidence of this, and so it seems that Steyer and his campaign are relying on “feelings” as opposed to facts.
The ads direct the viewer to Steyer’s website, needtoimpeach.com, where he has published an open letter. The letter states:
“He has threatened to reduce aid for millions of American citizens in Puerto Rico who are struggling to survive without drinkable water or electricity — a move that would be a total dereliction of his duty. And every day, Americans are left bracing for a Twitter screed that could set off a nuclear war. These actions represent systemic attacks on our nation’s future.”
Steyer’s statements are false and based on fear-mongering within the radical left of the establishment media. To date there has been no credible accusation or indictment that meets the “high crimes and misdemeanors” threshold for impeachment.
Mr. Steyer also accuses the President of ending protections for undocumented (illegal) immigrants, a reference to the deadline on former President Obama’s DACA program. The program, which former President Obama himself said was not within his power to execute, was put in place under an executive order. It was never passed by Congress and is therefore not a law. Making it perfectly within the President’s power and responsibility to repeal.
The reality appears to be that Tom Steyer is looking to place himself as the California candidate for 2020 on an Anti-Trump platform rather than proposing policies that will appeal to a wider audience. This is the path that the rest of the DNC appears to be taking as well.
Political pundits are suggesting that the lack of ideas on the Democrat side will lead to a poor showing in 2018 and a “ruin” in 2020. As such, their best hope of any sort of victory is to limit the President’s popularity. He is presently polling higher than both Houses of Congress, but lower than most President’s in their first in office. Many attribute President Trump’s low poll numbers to what they call an “unprecedented media attack.” Media coverage of President Trump has been overwhelmingly negative.
Some of the negative coverage of President Trump’s first few months in office has been arguably deserved. However, the vast majority of it has been baseless accusations, hysterical reactions to Tweets and in many cases absolutely false. History has shown that political campaigns based solely on being anti-incumbent without new ideas and a positive message fail and fail miserably.
Mark is a political writer and journalist who has worked on campaigns for Brexit.