Ahead of the November congressional elections, Democrats have nearly shown all their cards, they are looking to: eliminate the across-the-board tax cuts, enact strict gun regulations and they are looking to impeach the president.
Impeaching Trump is hardly a new initiative offered by Democrats, but their minority party status in the House of Representatives prevents them from officially filing articles of impeachment.
This makes the upcoming elections that much more important for Republicans.
If Democrats, who currently have 193 members to 235 Republican members, take a majority, Democrat Congressman Al Green said his party would absolutely try to impeach Trump.
Per the Hill:
“There’s a good likelihood there will be articles of impeachment” brought against Trump, Green said Tuesday while appearing on C-SPAN.
When asked about the likelihood that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) would introduce articles of impeachment against the president, Green pushed back, saying that “every member of the House is afforded the opportunity to bring up impeachment.”
Last week, Green doubled down on his push to impeach Trump against the wishes of Democratic leadership, arguing there is “bigotry emanating from the presidency.”
During an impassioned floor speech last week, the Texas Democrat cited the president’s travel ban, his opposition to transgender people serving in the military and his immigration policy as reasons to impeach Trump.
“This is not something the Constitution has bestowed upon leadership,” Green said, of the powers to introduce articles of impeachment against the president. “It’s something every member has the right and privilege of doing. I am not sure that there will be members who are going to wait for someone else if that someone else, doesn’t matter who it is, is declining to do it.”
Green’s attempt to impeach Trump has hit two roadblocks:
1. Democrat party leader Nancy Pelosi thinks its a bad idea and only helps Republicans:
Some House Democrats have signed on to an effort to introduce articles of impeachment against Trump, but the movement has yet to gain traction with Democratic leadership.
Pelosi has tried to dismiss efforts to pursue impeachment proceedings. In April, Pelosi called Democrats’ efforts to impeach Trump a “gift” for Republicans ahead of November’s midterm elections.
2. Republicans are winning on general ballots for the first time, months ahead of the elections (also, per the Hill):
Republicans hold a slim lead over Democrats in a generic ballot among registered voters, a new Reuters poll found, marking the first time the survey showed the GOP ahead in this election cycle.
The poll showed 38.1 percent of registered voters said they would vote for a Republican candidate if midterm elections were held today, compared to just under 37 percent who said they’d vote for a Democrat.
Say good-bye to the D-advantage in the generic ballot. Our latest Reuters/Ipsos poll shows that registered voters as likely to support Republicans as Democrats. @ReutersPolitics https://t.co/0ZIVVs6Zqc pic.twitter.com/rLIHL7jPRl
— Chris Kahn (@Cmkahn) May 21, 2018
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The Reuters poll reflects a larger trend of Republicans closing the gap in the generic ballot. A CNN poll released earlier this month showed the Democrats with just a 3-point lead over the GOP, which was within the poll’s margin of error.
Republicans have publicly said they expect to lose some seats in this November’s midterm elections, which is common for the party in power.
Democrats need to win 23 GOP-held seats to take back control of the House.
The party could win back control of the Senate if it flips three seats, but several vulnerable Democrats are up for reelection.