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Fear of Trump impeachment has GOP running scared of 2018 midterms

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Republicans meeting in San Diego are worried that their career prospects could suffer collateral damage if Donald Trump’s administration continues to meltdown, leading to possible impeachment proceedings against the president before the 2018 midterms.

According to Politico, the Republican National Committee’s spring meeting in Coronado is tense affair, following Trump’s stunning firing of FBI Director James Comey which caught not only congressional leaders by surprise, but also members of the Trump White House.

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Equally alarming are GOP worries that previously solid GOP seats in Montana and Georgia could be lost in special elections before the 2018 midterms — a harbinger of the struggles that lie ahead with an unpredictable and increasingly unpopular president at the top of the party.

According to one Republican National Committeeman, Trump has changed the game in ways that are making conventional election wisdom obsolete and incumbents nervous.

“I don’t think there is anything to compare it to. You have a non-politician who’s the president, so he doesn’t do things in a political way and that completely drives insiders of both parties bonkers because they don’t understand it,” said former Newt Gingrich adviser Randy Evans. “Right now, we’re just in a completely different and foreign political environment where pollsters and pundits and focus groups don’t matter.”

“Anybody that tells you they have a feel for what’s going to happen next year is just delusional,” he added.

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A sign that Republicans are worried about their prospects was an National Republican Congressional Committee fundraising email that raised the prospect of a Democratic-led Trump impeachment that could find favor with a public grown weary of daily outbursts from the president and a White House in constant disarray and chaos.

The bigger concern is at the House level, where GOP incumbents have cancelled town halls due to voter dissatisfaction with Trump’s performance as president and the House shooting itself in the foot as it attempts to repeal and replace Obamacare.

According to the report, NRCC executive director John Rogers pointed out that there are more vulnerable Republican incumbents representing districts that Hillary Clinton won in 2016 than Democratic incumbents in districts that Trump carried, with Rogers noting that midterm elections are rarely favor the party controlling the White House.

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San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulkner — a moderate Republican — said that for the GOP to be successful, they are going to have to reach out to voters they have previously alienated.

“You have to have Democrats, you have to have independents, you have to have Republicans. That message of bringing people together is incredibly important,” Faulkner explained.

Montana Republican Party Chairman Jeff Essmann said Republicans better strap in and be prepared to work hard to save their seats.

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“The bottom line is that we’ve got to recruit well, we’re going to have to raise a bunch of money,” he said. “Democrats are upset that they lost, they didn’t think that was going to happen. They’re motivated, and we’re going to have to redouble our efforts.”


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Trump has figured out how to get taxpayers to renovate one of his golf courses: MSNBC panel

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Bill Maher reveals plan to ‘bribe’ Trump with one billion dollars — for him to leave office

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The Constitution has two mechanisms to remove President Donald Trump from office prior to his term ending on January 20, 2021: impeachment and the 25th Amendment.

HBO "Real Time" host Bill Maher noted that Trump could also choose to resign.

Maher waved around a $1 million check that he said he would give to Trump to quit.

He said he also knew 1,000 people who would do the same -- which would land Trump over $1 billion.

Maher said even poor people would pawn their wedding rings to add to the pot.

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Trump can’t fire Mulvaney because nobody else wants to be his chief of staff: report

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White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney will likely stay on at the White House despite his public confession of a quid pro quo in the Ukraine scandal at the center of the impeachment inquiry, The New York Times reported Friday.

"But Mr. Mulvaney’s job has been anything but normal since the news conference on Thursday at which he seemingly undermined the Trump administration’s strategy for avoiding impeachment by acknowledging that Mr. Trump had sought a quid pro quo for providing Ukraine with American aid," the newspaper reported. "In the chaotic aftermath, the president’s Republican allies are questioning Mr. Mulvaney’s savvy and intelligence even as the Trump campaign is defiantly turning one of his lines from the news conference into a T-shirt."

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