Capitol Hill Democrats need to do a better job selling impeachment to the American people, despite a new poll showing majority support, an MSNBC analyst explained on Saturday.
"As House Democrats consider contempt motions against Barr and possibly former White House counsel Don McGahn for refusing Congressional subpoenas, Democratic leadership has been slower to call for impeachment, although the I-word may be coming closer to reality, The New York Times reports some Democrats who previously urged caution are now saying impeachment might be inevitable," anchor Joy Reid reported. "And House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is using her strongest language yet."
Reid noted a new Reuters/Isos poll showing 45 percent of Americans backing impeachment.
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"I think part of the problem is Democrats are sort of waiting for those ratings basically. How do people look at impeachment? And the mistake they’re making is they are not taking ownership, they are not being leaders and being out front," attorney Midwin Charles explained.
"Why wait for people to want impeachment when your job ought to be to sell it, pinch it, take the lead and let people understand what’s happening?" she asked.
"Only three percent of the American public have read the Mueller report," she noted. "And let’s remember we shouldn’t only be talking about the Mueller report and Russia. There’s the emoluments clause, Trump’s violation of immigration laws with respect to how he’s dealing with the migrants. There’s other things for Congress to be looking into with respect to impeachment. They shouldn’t be putting all their eggs into the Russia basket."
"So that’s one of the things they have to do, but they have to pitch it. That is their job," she noted. "And that 45 percent is good, and that’s without the information, that’s without most of Americans knowing exactly what’s happening."
"Yeah, absolutely," Reid replied.