Trump is more vulnerable to impeachment than you’d think -- and already in a worse spot than Nixon: NYT reporter
US President Donald Trump. (AFP/File / Brendan Smialowski)

New York Times columnist David Leonhardt told CNN on Monday that President Donald Trump is weak and more vulnerable to being impeached than most people think, reminding host Alisyn Camerota that even disgraced President Richard Nixon had the full support of the GOP until the very end.

Leonhardt, who believes Trump should be removed from office as soon as possible, nonetheless cautioned Democrats about rushing into impeachment and said hearings would "slowly peel away some of Trump's Republican support."

"Trump's already at 40% approval rating. Republicans just lost the popular vote in the mid-terms by nine percentage points," Leonhardt pointed out. "If his approval rating starts to go into the 30s as more Mueller findings come out, as the Democrats hold hearings, I don't think he's going to have this unified Republican support."

"On the substance, I don't think he is fit to be president. I think he's violated his constitutional oath multiple times," he added. "I am very worried about what would happen if we had a true national emergency, a war, a financial crisis, a terrorist attack. And imagining him trying to lead the nation through that?"

"People who say 'that will never happen, Republicans will always support him' are forgetting just how much Republican support Nixon had into 1973 from voters and from elites," Leonhardt continued. "You can find these great quotes from Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush who were senior Republicans at the time standing by Nixon and then it all crumbled."

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