There has been some desperate talk from Democrats that President Donald Trump should once again face impeachment if he proceeds with nominating somebody to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) refused to rule out the possibility, which earned her criticism from an unexpected source: former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) said such talk is emblematic of what is “corrosive to our political system” in the current day.
An arrow in the quiver
The surprising remarks from Emanuel, who prior to running Chicago was a noted political operative in the Democratic administrations of former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, came during a panel discussion on ABC’s “This Week” with host George Stephanopoulos, The Daily Wire reported.
That discussion had in turn followed Speaker Pelosi’s appearance earlier on the same program, during which Stephanopoulos had raised the issue of the possibility of impeachment if Trump proceeded to name a nominee.
Pelosi did not dismiss the idea as completely ludicrous — which it is — and merely replied, “Well, we have our options. We have arrows in our quiver that I’m not about to discuss right now.”
“Corrosive to our political system”
Fast-forward to the panel discussion later in the show. Emanuel was asked to weigh in on the current situation, where he too signaled his disapproval of Trump moving forward with a nominee for the Republican-controlled Senate to confirm prior to the election in November.
Emanuel’s reasoning was that President Trump hadn’t won the popular vote in 2016 and, based on current polling, it is highly unlikely — he said “impossible” — for Trump to win the popular vote in 2020. Therefore, Trump and Republican senators working to “ram something through” would be equivalent to a “tyranny of the minority.”
As for the idea of Trump being impeached for simply naming a nominee — which, like it or not, is certainly within his constitutionally proscribed duties as an elected president, lack of a popular vote notwithstanding — that is where Emanuel differed with Pelosi.
“The reason I reject that politics — and I understand the Speaker, I would never underestimate her to look at all of her efforts and all her tools — but the idea of talking about impeachment as somehow retribution, that is what is corrosive to our political system, that somehow we have to one-up them,” the former mayor explained.
He then went on to discuss the noted personal friendship between Justice Ginsburg and the late Justice Antonin Scalia, a close friendship that overrode their sharp differences of opinions on ideological and legal matters. Emanuel argued that America needs more of that sort of attitude and less of the spiteful partisan retribution that yet another impeachment effort would signify.
Go ahead Dems, give it another try
While conservatives generally differ with Emanuel — in this case, particularly about whether Trump should name a nominee or not — we are likely all in full agreement with him when it comes to his assessment of Pelosi’s impeachment talk.
That said, and considering how impeachment actually worked out for Democrats earlier this year, we’re game to give it another go ahead of the election if Pelosi and her Democrats are really feeling froggy.