2020 Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke demanded that President Donald Trump resign from office on Thursday.
Despite numerous reboots and fawning media coverage, O’Rourke’s 2020 presidential campaign has failed to gain traction — leading him to adopt ever more sanctimonious and bombastic rhetoric.
O’Rourke’s latest gambit for attention comes on the heels of the collective freakout among Democrats and the media over the manufactured “scandal” involving President Donald Trump and Ukraine.
O’Rourke supports impeachment
The also-ran candidate’s remarks came during an appearance on CNN’s “OutFront” with host Erin Burnett, who asked O’Rourke if the Democrats’ push for impeachment was just a partisan move ahead of an election the party might lose.
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke calls on White House officials to advise President Trump to resign over the whistleblower complaint. "Do the right thing," O'Rourke said. https://cnn.it/2nDqJrD
Posted by CNN on Thursday, September 26, 2019
O’Rourke replied with his boilerplate commentary about protecting democracy and saving the Republic from a supposedly lawless president.
“This is the moment, if there ever was one, for members of Congress — both Republican and Democrat — to put the future of this country ahead of their party, their political prospects, their fortunes in the next election,” O’Rourke said. “History will judge this moment and not look kindly upon those who shirk their duty or become complicit in the president’s crimes.”
O’Rourke insisted that impeachment is the only remedy available to save the nation and is something that he fully supported.
O’Rourke: Trump should resign
Burnett rightly noted the distinct possibility that Trump could be impeached by the Democrat House but be acquitted by the Republican-controlled Senate, a prospect O’Rourke dismissed.
O’Rourke made reference to the impeachment effort against former President Richard Nixon which was headed off by his pre-emptive resignation. “President Nixon did the right thing and resigned before it moved to a trial in the Senate,” he said.
“I’m calling upon those who are close to President Trump right now, the same ones who tried to hide the transcript or the notes from this phone call, who right now are complicit in what the president is doing, to advise him to do the right thing and to resign from this office,” O’Rourke demanded.
“If we’re talking about bringing together a very divided country, unifying once again around the great challenges that we have, then the most divisive president that we’ve ever had, one who is breaking laws with complete impunity right now, tearing this country apart, must step down,” he continued.
“That’s the right thing to do. But should he fail to do that, the House must vote to impeach, and that trial must be held in the Senate. And I believe in this country — I believe in this country and I believe that we will do the right thing at the end of the day,” O’Rourke added in his appeal.