Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) on Monday warned Democrats away from talk of impeaching President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE in the midst of the 2018 midterm election campaigns.
“I lived through the Clinton White House. This is a serious legal and constitutional, not political, issue. … I couldn’t be angrier at Donald Trump. … That said, you don’t just flippantly say: ‘We’re for [impeachment],'” Emanuel said, according to Axios.
“When we get to it, we collectively as a country will know it — as we did with, like, Richard Nixon,” he continued.
“You don’t just treat … the policy standard of impeachment … as a political tool. It’s a constitutional standard and, when that standard has been met, we’ll know about it. … This is a case where the best politics is good policy,” he said.
Emanuel’s comments follow a New York Times report that Republicans are looking to excite their base by warning Democrats will quickly move to impeach the president if they take back control of the House in November.
The Times reports that Democrats are not united in how to respond to the Republican strategy.
Progressive leaders and candidates reportedly say impeachment can be used a rallying cry for the liberal base, while other Democrats have called it a political trap that can distract from other issues on their campaign platform.
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