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.”
‘America is running away like rats’: Watch angry Kurds blame US troops for dead babies as they withdraw
The Associated Press obtained video of Kurds pelting American military vehicles with fruit as they withdrew from Syria.
The video was first captured by a Kurdish news agency, the AP said in a report on Monday.
“Like rats, America is running away,” one man shouted in Arabic. Another shouted obscenities and talked of babies in Kurdish-held Syria who had died in the Turkish offensive.
The scene encapsulated the Kurds’ feelings of betrayal and added a new indignity to a US withdrawal that has been rushed and involved several close brushes with Turkish-backed forces.
WATCH: White House protesters chant ‘impeach Trump’ loud enough for aides to hear
Protesters gathered in front of the White House on Sunday to call on President Donald Trump to be removed from office.
Videos circulated online showed protesters chanting "impeach Trump" close enough to the White House for staff to hear the demonstration.
In other videos, protesters were blowing loud whistles.
Meanwhile, demonstrators also greeted Trump as he visited his New Jersey golf course. Pro-impeachment protesters were also reportedly out on the streets in Boston and New York City.
Watch some of the video clips below.
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White House urged diplomats to stay quiet about withheld aid to Ukraine: ‘Nothing to see here’
As Democrats proceed with impeachment, there are explosive new revelations almost daily related to President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine.
On Wednesday, the New York Times reported that top diplomats were instructed to keep quiet about the temporary freeze on the $141 million package of aid to Ukraine.
“Keep moving, people, nothing to see here,” Brad Freden, the State Department’s acting deputy assistant secretary of Europe and Eurasia, said in an email.