Talk about being thin skinned…
A CNN interview was unexpectedly cut-off by Democratic Rep. Al Green of Texas after blowing through a question that asked if he was playing into the hands of President Donald Trump by forcing impeachment.
Green introduced impeachment articles, and 332-95 was overwhelmingly defeated in the attempt. Clearly there isn’t any support for impeachment when the House politicians can’t come to an agreement on voting.
Green is still determined and says he isn’t discouraged, and that “we will march on until victory is won.”
“The base is not the American people,” Green stated. “The American people don’t want to tolerate bigotry. I just have faith in the American people and I will continue.”
However, just as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi feared, these attempts for impeachment are working politically in Trump’s favor. Because there is no strong justification for impeachment, and many Democrats, particularly those in red or violet constituencies, do not want to impeach, a lopsided vote provides the president an opportunity to declare victory — which he did.
“Impeachment of your President, who has led the Greatest Economic BOOM in the history of our Country, the best job numbers, biggest tax reduction, rebuilt military and much more, is now OVER,” Trump tweeted.
Kate Bolduan of CNN had some questions about the approach of Green. Maybe Pelosi’s right that Trump wants Democrats to continue attempting to impeach in order to solidify his base, and that demonstrates that the unsuccessful vote and response to it?
“The speaker and I have the same goal and that’s to do what’s in the best interests of our country,” Green responded. “We have different paths but the same goal. I must tell you, I have a vote that’s on now and I must leave, so I do appreciate you very much, but I do have to run now. Thank you.”