Democrats, Stop Worrying About Trump Voters.
Newsflash: they’re not interested, especially when it comes to impeachment.
In the midst of the most recent Trump scandal involving the Ukraine and new whistleblower claims, against what I predicted and almost certainly thanks to Representative John Lewis, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has finally announced that a formal impeachment inquiry in to President Trump will begin.
While I was glad to hear the news that the President will finally be held accountable, I still remain hesitantly hopeful that anything will actually come of this. In all honesty, the Democratic Party as of late doesn’t exactly have a strong track record when it comes to holding their ground and ramping up political pressure when necessary, especially in situations as serious as this. Whether it was their investigation in to Trump’s ties to Russia or the allegations against the now Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh, the Democrats have a proven tendency to bungle these matters by narrowing the scopes of their investigations in the hopes to better sell it to the broader American public.
In other words: we don’t want Trump voters to think we’re unreasonable.
Given the most recent reports that Pelosi is considering this approach and all past evidence at hand, it seems safe to say that there’s a good chance that the impeachment inquiries will only focus on Trump’s call to the Ukrainian President, in which he asked for an investigation in to Joe Biden’s son.
Don’t get me wrong, the memo provided by the White House indicating what was said is a smoking gun itself. It shows a clear violation of the law, and would almost certainly be enough in a perfect world. But to limit the scope to just this one instance of illegality when there are so many more areas to look in to (campaign finance violations, business ties, etc.,) would be such a bad idea that it would make me question the overall intentions of the individuals leading the investigation.
If Nancy Pelosi honestly thinks simply limiting the scope of this inquiry in to the conversation with the Ukrainian President will make this look more reasonable in the eyes of any Trump supporter, then I really don’t see any scenario where her leadership takes this in a direction that ends well.
Frankly, I have had enough of trying to tip toe around and appease Trump’s base and the Republican Party at large. Does any reasonable person actually think that if the show was on the other foot, Republicans would be worrying about how their actions look in the eyes of Democrats and their voting base? This isn’t about optics, least of all in the eyes of Trump’s base. This is about accountability, and doing a thorough investigation so that a person in a position of enormous power is held accountable.
No one should be worrying about what Trump’s base is thinking about this. As of right now, they are a lost cause, and their feelings should be the very least of the concerns of those preparing to lead this investigation. This is not the time to worry about the right. This is not the time to worry about Republicans in the senate. This is the time for the Democrats in the house to do their constitutional duty in pursuit of the truth, regardless of what it makes the opposition think.
Of course, we are still in the incredibly early stages and there is no definitive answer as to how the House is going to proceed with the impeachment inquiry, but it will be fascinating to see how this plays out. I refuse to get my hopes up, but I’m going to remain cautiously optimistic that maybe for the first time in his life, our President will be held accountable for his actions, at least by the party that supposedly calls itself the opposition. Perhaps party leadership for once will put their fears aside, ignore the roars of Trump’s base, and get this done right.