TIME magazine’s Molly Ball told CNN on Thursday that Nancy Pelosi is “playing a deeper game” than simply deciding whether or not to impeach President Donald Trump — and that in fact, impeachment was more likely than most people think.
Host Brooke Baldwin quoted Ball’s latest column, in which she argued that while “Speaker Pelosi is right to resist the momentum but she’s playing a deeper game,” and asked for clarification.
“Just listen to those remarks that Nancy Pelosi made just today in response to the question,” Ball said. “The headline from those remarks is ‘she’s doubled down on being against impeachment.’ That isn’t what she said. What she says is, ‘we’re not going to impeach for political reasons and we’re not going to not impeach for political reasons.’ She has never shut the door to impeachment from the beginning.”
Ball added that Pelosi didn’t want “a repeat” of the Clinton impeachment, which ended up as an electoral fiasco for the Republicans who pursued it, and wanted to “send a public message” to counter Trump’s “witch hunt” narrative. But she added that impeachment was, in her professional opinion, more likely than not despite current polls.
“I am not arguing for impeachment,” Ball said. “Based on my reporting, I believe it is much likelier than most people believe and most of the conventional wisdom suggests.”
“I think the people who believe that impeachment is this fringe crusade are not recognizing that public support for it is quite high by historical standards,” she said. A recent Quinnipiac poll that showed support at 35% was “a little bit on the low end of the massive polling that’s been conducted on this topic. It’s been as high as 49%. This is before the Mueller report comes up, before people feel they have had enough information to judge.”
“That’s the highest that it’s been for any president since Nixon,” Ball said. “So there already is a pretty high bar of public opinion but as you point out, it’s not a majority.”
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‘It’s like Kindergarten’: CNN’s Anderson Cooper tears into Trump’s juvenile attacks on Kamala Harris’ name
On CNN Monday, anchor Anderson Cooper played clips of President Donald Trump making fun of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and deliberately mispronouncing her name.
"By the way, you know who's further left than Bernie is Kamala," said Trump in the clip. "She's the most liberal senator in America. Kamala. Kamala. Senator Kamala Harris is a sponsor of the Green New Deal, Biden's running mate, Kamala Harris. You pronounce her name wrong, she will go crazy. Kamala, like a comma. You like Kamala?"
"Obviously, not something he's done once or twice," said Cooper. "It's like Kindergarten, remember? When everyone used to make fun of people's names. It happens again and again and again, much like how, to this day, he still emphasizes President Obama's middle name, Hussein."
Trump’s DHS prepares to send federal agents to cities for election: ‘We have teams ready to go’
Homeland Security agencies are preparing for civil unrest as tensions climb leading into the last week of the presidential election.
"We have teams ready to go as needed ... we don't have any specific intelligence that suggests any particular threat of violence," said Ken Cuccinelli, the senior official performing the duties of the Homeland Security deputy secretary.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is putting personnel on standby through next week's election, according to a senior ICE official who spoke with CNN. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has been regularly training personnel -- an extension of the deployments this summer, an agency official said.
Trump has become ‘The Incredible Shrinking President’ as Americans tune him out: Pennsylvania AG
On Monday, Pennsylvania's Democratic Attorney General, Josh Shapiro, hit back at President Donald Trump's threats that he would be "watching" the state for signs of voter fraud.
"What's your response to the president, who made those allegations without any evidence at all in your state?" asked anchor Wolf Blitzer.
"He says he's watching, about the only thing I have seen here in Pennsylvania is that Donald Trump has gone 0-5 in court challenges against us here," said Shapiro. "Court challenges where he has alleged widespread voter fraud, and yet never was able to back it up with a shred of evidence. That's why courts have dismissed these baseless lawsuits that he's filed. Apparently, now that he's lost in court time and time again, he's gone into the public square to spin a tale and tell these lies and attack our governor."