In one twenty-second video clip, Senator Chuck Schumer managed to blow up the carefully cultivated message from his fellow Democrats that they aren’t interested in pursuing impeachment proceedings against President Trump.
Speaking to a Brooklyn crowd on Monday, Schumer let slip with the accidental truth after a supporter asked, “When y’all gonna impeach Trump?”
Shockingly, Schumer responded not only in the affirmative but added he’d like to see it happen fairly soon.
“The sooner the better,” the New York Democrat can be heard saying. “We got to get a few Republicans. The Democrats are on your side.”
Chuck Schumer says we have to get a few Republicans out before we #ImpeachTrump. ↗️Their plan all along! 😱 VOTE 🗳 FOR OUR COUNTRY, OUR MAGA 4.6 GDP, & OUR JOBS. – @DailyCaller #RedNationRising #VoteRedToSaveAmerica #voteandpray #prayeveryday Do good & pray for God’s will. pic.twitter.com/DyroCyN8aG
— Amber Nicole (@FindingAnswers) September 5, 2018
Schumer likely thought he was having a quiet interaction with a supporter in which he could make such an off-the-cuff remark, but he forgot one thing – he shouted the admission into a freaking bullhorn!
His office was forced to engage in some serious backpedaling on the comments, claiming he simply misunderstood the question.
“After a number of questions along the parade route about the fate of the President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, the senator believed he was being asked, ‘When will you defeat Trump,’ and responded, ‘the sooner the better,’ noting that we need Republicans to defeat the nomination [of Kavanaugh],” a spokesman claimed.
That’s a stretch that even a world-renowned gymnast would admire.
The person in the crowd never mentions Brett Kavanaugh so any reference to the Supreme Court nomination would need to be completely made up in Schumer’s head. With that in mind, any generic reference to ‘defeating’ Trump rather than impeaching him would not require support from Republicans.
How much clearer can Democrats make the case that their control of Congress means a push to impeach @realDonaldTrump? Chuck Schumer on Impeaching Trump: ‘The Sooner the Better’ https://t.co/lUd9JpCMNx
— John R Lott Jr. (@JohnRLottJr) September 5, 2018
Schumer’s confession goes against many of his colleagues who have downplayed impeachment talk.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said the impeachment option was off the table adding, “I’m not going after it.”
Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) claims the process is “not politically viable” and it’s “too early in the process to be using these words,” while Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) said there isn’t enough evidence.
Whose statements are more realistic – Schumer’s accidental truth or Democrats trying to downplay it? A majority of American voters don’t support impeachment, which is why they’re trying to keep quiet about their intentions. But make no mistake, should Democrats regain control of Congress, this will be the first item on their agenda.
Read more at the Political Insider