Jumping sinking ship or saving seat in Congress? Anti-impeachment Democrat Van Drew may go GOP
While the House is preparing to vote for impeachment next week, Van Drew, one of two Democrats who opposed the process, met with Trump on Friday, several news outlets reported.
Van Drew had explained in earlier interviews that he went against the party because he believes it is up to Americans to decide Trump’s fate next November and said he would not vote for impeachment unless something rises “to the level of treason.”Also on rt.com ‘Abuse of power’ & ‘obstruction of Congress’: Democrats unveil charges in Trump impeachment
Democrats are accusing the president of putting pressure on his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky to launch an anti-corruption investigation into the activities of Joe Biden’s son. Weeks of hearings turned into a parade of witnesses recounting speculation and opinion, which Democrats believe to have proven that Trump abused power and obstructed justice.
The news of Van Drew leaving the party were met with glee from Republican supporters on Saturday.
How divisive has impeachment become in the House?Democrat Rep. Jeff Van Drew is officially switching parties and becoming a RepublicanNot only are Democrats losing the support of millions of AmericansNancy Pelosi has already begun the process of losing their House majority— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) December 14, 2019
BREAKING: Democratic Rep. Van Drew intends to switch parties to become a Republican following Impeachment.They will all be jumping ship soon!— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) December 14, 2019
Democrats explained his move by reference to polls showing dwindling support in his district and because he’s “traitor” and an awful person.
The Van Drew story seems pretty simple to me: the guy got a poll back saying that voters in his swing district would punish him for voting against impeachment, so he decided to switch parties to keep his job. https://t.co/lkwGKyQ6VF— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) December 14, 2019
Van Drew wasn’t gonna get re-elected as a Democrat, especially if he voted against impeachment. Also, because he’s awful. Good riddance, traitor.— Scott Dworkin (@funder) December 14, 2019
Van Drew was one of the star lawmakers that flipped a Republican district during the 2018 elections that led to a Democratic majority in the House. His opposition to impeachment is unlikely to change the outcome of the vote scheduled for next week.
The impeachment process in highly unlikely to pass a Republican Senate anyway – although the #Resistance retains hope that there might be a sufficient number of Republicans who secretly hate Trump enough to vote against the party line. But that would make them ‘traitors’ and ‘awful people’ too, right?
If Senate voting was anonymous, he would be out. Senators up for re-election must be praying for a miracle. Reporter: "Can I assume you support all of Trump's policies since you voted to keep in him office. If not all, which ones do you disagree with?Senator : homina, homina— Ray Miller; Hate Trump #RESISTER; #WOMENSRIGHTS (@Ray_Miller_007) December 14, 2019
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