House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) tipped her hand to show the new Democratic strategy on dealing with impeachment Thursday, when she told reporters that the White House was “crying out” for Democrats to start the process.
She added that President Donald Trump stormed out of the infrastructure meeting because he was mad that the Democrats’ morning meeting Wednesday was not “called specifically for him.”
“That was what disappointed him, because he didn’t see this rush to impeachment coming out of our caucus,” she added.
Pelosi floats new Democratic impeachment strategy: The White House is “crying out” for impeachment pic.twitter.com/gh1MB7QTUb
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This is a shift for the Democrats who have been struggling to reconcile the belief of some of their members that the President should be impeached with the political reality of the Republican-led Senate and possibility that going after impeachment could cost the party politically.
By portraying impeachment as something that Trump wants, it creates an easier position for Democrats to rally around, that they won’t simply play into his hands.