The growing support to commence impeachment proceedings by House Democrats is driven by their need to fire up grassroots support to hold control of the chamber, an Indivisible co-founder explained on MSNBC.
“The call for impeachment continues. this as protesters are hitting the street in more than 140 rallies planned across the country. Organizers say the “Impeach Trump” event is a day of action urging House Democrats to start impeachment proceedings,” MSNBC’s Richard Lui reported Saturday.
“A new survey from the indivisible project finds 80 percent of their respondents say the House should start impeachment proceedings,” he noted. “Right now in the House, 63 Democrats and one Republican support impeachment.”
For analysis, Lui interviewed Ezra Levin, the co-executive director of the group Indivisible.
“And you know, many who did flip are worried they could be in Trump-winning districts, moving forward with an impeachment process does put them at some political risk,” Lui argued.
” think there’s a big political risk to call out the Constitutional crisis we’re in right now and not be willing to use the Constitutional tools available to you,” Levin replied.
“That looks weak and frankly weakness doesn’t win elections,” he explained.
“I think that’s why we see folks even like Justin Amash — a conservative Republican in House of Representatives coming out in favor of impeachment proceedings,” he continued. “It’s an odd situation that we have this conservative Republican in the House more forward-leaning than most Democrats in the House of Representatives now and it’s not just weird for Congress, it’s out-of-line of the people who put them in power to begin with.”
“What is, do you think, the reason we’ve seen more House Democrats move into the yes column, growing by about ten every week?” Lui asked.
“They’re not dummies,” Levin replied.
“They know in order to maintain the House majority they have to win re-election they need that grassroots support that got them into the majority,” he explained. “That’s why days like today are so important.”
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez chokes up responding to Trump: ‘Time to move on from his conception of America’
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) on Monday fired back at President Donald Trump after he told her to "go back" to her country of origin -- even though she was born in the U.S.
"It's unfortunate that he feels the way he feels about people of color," Ocasio-Cortez explained to NBC News. "It's unfortunate the way he feels about immigrants, naturalized citizens or not."
"What I would tell him is that it's time to move on from him," she continued as she seemed to choke up. "And it's time to move on from his conception of an America that we tried to move past for a long time."
Schumer: If Trump can’t handle a little criticism from Fox News then ‘he doesn’t deserve to be president’
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Tuesday suggested that Donald Trump "doesn't deserve to be president" if he can't handle criticism from Fox News.
In a speech on the Senate floor, Schumer noted that Trump recently lashed out at Fox News soon after the conservative network aired World Cup viewers chanting "f*ck Trump."
"I just felt it was important to point President Trump amazingly attacked Fox News in the last few days in a series of Tweets for coverage he viewed as unfavorable to his administration," Schumer said. "This is Fox News, a news outlet that frankly is 90% or more on the president’s side. Their most popular shows seem to just be cheerleaders for President Trump."
Marine Corps band forced to perform in pouring rain before sparse crowd prior to Trump’s July 4th party
In a video posted to Twitter several hours before Donald Trump is scheduled to launch his "Salute to America" Fourth of July party, the Marine Corps band was compelled to perform in the pouring rain before a sparse crowd of early attendees and media awaiting the main event.
According to Jim Spellman of CTGN, the sky opened with a deluge of rain that had people running for cover -- only for the military musicians to be paraded out for either a rehearsal or a time-consuming filler until the big show begins.
Earlier in the day, the National Park Service warned that the event could be rained out, with thundershowers moving swiftly into the area.