(NY POST) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Democrats should not move to impeach President Trump.
“I’m not for impeachment. This is news. I’m going to give you some news right now because I haven’t said this to any press person before,” Pelosi said in a Washington Post interview published Monday.
“But since you asked, and I’ve been thinking about this: Impeachment is 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, because it divides the country,” Pelosi told the paper. “And he’s just not worth it.”
One longtime Republican leader appraised Pelosi’s backing away from the extreme option as a calculated tactic by a veteran Beltway strategist.
“This was a shrewd move by Pelosi,” former Sen. Alfonse D’Amato (R – NY) told The Post. “She looks like a statesperson.”
“It puts the Democrats in a more responsible, governmental position,” he said. “It’s a way of de-fanging the left-wing radicals in the party.”
Pelosi’s wariness towards impeachment comes days after one such progressive firebrand, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D – NY) walked back her own calls for impeachment, saying she would ultimately defer to party leadership.
D’Amato also said that Pelosi’s comments could reflect a move towards moderation to win over purple voters with the 2020 election inching closer.
“Beating the impeachment drum doesn’t play with registered independent voters,” he said.
Indeed, the upcoming election cycle was on Pelosi’s mind during the wide-ranging sit-down.
“This election is very important,” she told The Washington Post. “I don’t think he’ll [Trump] be re-elected, but it is important for us to elect a Democratic president and a Democratic Senate and Democratic House.”