Democratic presidential primary candidate Andrew Yang isn’t exactly as gung-ho as the rest of his party when it comes to impeaching President Donald Trump. In fact, judging by his take, it would seem that he’s wanting to keep it at arm’s length. Not too close, but close enough to where he can claim he’s at least standing next to it.
Sitting down with Don Lemon on CNN Tuesday night, Yang gave Lemon a very realistic outcome for the impeachment proceedings.
“I’ve been on board with impeachment ever since it’s been put forward, but we have to face facts where we have a Republican majority in the Senate and you need a super-majority for impeachment to actually be successful,” said Yang.
“The odds are still very high that it will run aground in the Senate. And it is going to end up being a very polarizing issue for many Americans,” he continued.
“I’m on the record saying the more we focus on Donald Trump, even if it’s in the context of impeaching Donald Trump, it’s a lost opportunity for us to present a new positive vision that Americans can get excited about. Because when we’re talking about Donald Trump, we’re losing even when it’s talking about impeaching him.”
“I’ve been saying is, look, the thousandth verification that Donald Trump is Donald Trump is not going to change a lot of minds out there in America,” added Yang.
Yang discussed that the impeachment proceedings have sucked a lot of the oxygen out of the room, and that focusing on it has made it more difficult for Democrats to lay out positive plans for the future of the country.
Yang may be more correct than even he knows.
According to The Hill, impeachment polling shows that in key battleground states, majorities actually oppose impeaching the President:
In New Hampshire and Arizona, two more swing states, most voters oppose impeachment. Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton narrowly won the Granite State in 2016, and Democrats believe they have a chance to win Arizona after securing a Senate race last year.
A New York Times–Siena College battlegrounds poll released Wednesday found that majorities in Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Arizona and Florida oppose removing the president from office through impeachment. Majorities or pluralities do support an investigation of Trump, however.
Democrats have been so busy attacking Trump that they’ve hardly made any kind of platform for themselves worth talking about. Their debates are a mash of raising taxes and promising free stuff, but at no point has anyone put forward a promising vision of America. In fact, due to their narratives constantly running as anti-Trump, they’ve made themselves so opposite of him that they come off as anti-economic growth.
Trump’s main strength is the power and growth of his economy. Some experts have even called the 2020 election for Trump already due to the history of incumbent presidents winning reelection solely because their economy was doing so well.
While Yang’s warning is probably worth its weight in gold, it’s going to fall on deaf ears and is likely too late anyway. Democrats have set course for impeachment despite the unease of their leaders, and will likely follow this path until it eventually dead-ends in 2020.