Democrat Remains Critical of Impeachment After Testimony

Democrat Remains Critical of Impeachment After Testimony

Not all on the Left are aligned with the impeachment movement against President Trump. One Democrat, who voted against the impeachment inquiry in October, is still critical of his fellow Liberals. Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D-NJ) believes that, based on what he’s heard, President Trump’s future should be decided by the voters and not by Congress.

Van Drew said the Democratic-controlled House should be addressing more important issues that actually make a difference in the lives of the American people.

“I just think we’ll keep going down this road, keep spending more time. Many of us came to Congress because we really wanted to accomplish goals, really work on issues such as healthcare, work on issues dealing with prescription drugs, election security, the debt, the deficit — the list goes on.”

-Jeff Van Drew

Based on recent Gubernatorial elections in Louisiana and Kentucky over the last few weeks, healthcare is still the top issue for Democrats. Healthcare was also the signature issue for Democrats in the 2018 midterms. Some political commentators believe that healthcare could be the central issue in 2020.

However, the impeachment issue has taken center stage and sucked the air out of the Democrat’s legislative agenda. This is leaving them vulnerable to accusations by Republicans and Trump that they are doing nothing for hard-working Americans. Trump put in his two cents worth in on Twitter.

Let the Voters Decide

Van Drew, who represents a district that was won by Trump in 2016, stated that his fellow Democrats ought to realize the importance of impeachment. He also pointed out that no president has ever been convicted and removed from office by the Senate.

“We’re going to have an election next year, let’s have the election, let’s fight through the election, let’s do what Republicans and Democrats and whomever else does, but this is going to get us nowhere. We’ve spent millions of dollars, in my opinion, tons of money, tons of time, tons of hurt, fracturing the nation apart. I haven’t seen this to be a good thing.”

“We know how it’s going to end.”

Van Drew was one of two Democrats who broke with the party to vote against the impeachment inquiry in October. At the time, he expressed concern that an impeachment inquiry would “further divide the country” unless there was bipartisan support. Zero Republicans voted for the impeachment inquiry.

Impeachment Proceedings Not Working

According to several polls, Van Drew is right to sound the alarm.

A new survey says the public is deeply divided along partisan lines and unaffected by the first few days of impeachment hearings. In fact, 46% of respondents who watched the hearings said that Democrats are playing politics while 43% said they were making a good-faith attempt. Additionally, 21% said they had a more favorable view of the Trump administration while 55% said they were unsure or it didn’t change their opinions at all.

A new Reuters/Ipsos poll shows support for impeachment has not changed.

In the Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll, Trump’s approval rating has climbed to 50% and remained there since the impeachment hearings began last Wednesday,

These polls suggest that the impeachment hearings are not changing public opinion.

The House impeachment inquiry will conduct a second week of public hearings this week when eight witnesses are scheduled to give testimony. Given the reception of public so far, it seems unlikely that Americans will have their minds changed after this week’s hearings are finished either.

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