The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives will vote this week on two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.
After months of secret hearings in the basement on Congress, partisan witnesses, and still no evidence Trump did anything wrong, the entire House will vote this week on whether the president should be charged with (1) obstruction of Congress and/or (2) abuse of power.
But while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is leading the charge, it turns out that not all of her caucus is on board.
While speaking with Minnesota newspaper The Globe, Democrat Rep. Collin Peterson explained why he does not support impeaching the president and will vote against it.
“You have people who decided they were going to impeach him, and now they’ve spent a year trying to figure out how they can make a case for it. That’s backwards. I just don’t agree with it,” the Minnesota Democrat told a reporter.
Peterson, who serves as the chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, said impeachment is not resonating among his constituents.
“If you did a poll in my district, over the half the people in my district would say that we shouldn’t do foreign aid in the first place, okay? So to convince them that holding up foreign aid is a big deal? They want to get rid of it,” he said.
Peterson also didn’t think the political and social price of impeachment was worth the cost.
“This is dividing the country for no good reason because he’s not going to be thrown out of office,” he complained. “If people don’t like Trump, they can vote against him.”
Democratic U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson told the West Central Tribune that “unless they come up with something between now and Wednesday,” he intends to vote against impeachmenthttps://t.co/EDRxBO09oQ
— MPR News (@MPRnews) December 15, 2019
Peterson’s vote against impeachment isn’t the only setback that Democrats have experienced lately.
Over the weekend, New Jersey Democrat Rep. Jeff Van Drew announced he is switching over to the Republican side.
Van Drew suggested he would slot in as a moderate Republican, something of a dying breed in Congress.
“There are moderate Republicans, and there are a few – not too many – left. I guess Collins is one, I’m one,” he said, an apparent reference to Maine Sen. Susan Collins.
Van Drew will be the 10th member of Congress to switch parties in the last 20 years – two senators and eight members of the House.
Six were Democrats who headed to the GOP side of the aisle, three were Republicans who joined the Democratic caucus and one, Rep. Justin Amash, I-Mich., left the GOP and has declined to caucus with either party.
That’s not the only piece of bad news for Democrats.
While liberals likely have the numbers to impeach the president, several Democrats have already revolted and said they will vote against impeachment.
It speaks volumes that likely all House Republicans will vote against impeachment and so will several Democrats.
Democrats witch hunt is going so badly that another top Democrat went scorched earth against the impeachment inquiry during a live interview.
Despite being the first time in American history where there is no bipartisan support for an impeachment vote, Pelosi doesn’t seem to care — but the Senate already has a plan to end this entire circus.