November 27, 2019
Detroit Democrat Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence doesn’t think it’s a wise move to attempt to force President Trump from office, even though she’s seemingly a lock for re-election in 2020.
Lawrence spoke with the No BS News Hour with Charlie LeDuff on Sunday, when she laid out her thoughts on the effort to impeach the president, which would presumably die a quick death in the Republican-controlled Senate.
“So it will be a partisan vote, Democrat and Republican. It will go to the Senate and (they won’t) take it up, and if they take it up they will not indict,” Lawrence said. “That’s my best sense of what will happen being in this bubble that I’m in in DC and the way things are going.”
LeDuff posed a simple question: “What did he do that’s so impeachable that we’re going to tear the United States president out of the chair?”
Lawrence explained that lawmakers can opt for a lesser punishment.
“There’s a couple things that happen in impeachment. You can censure, you don’t have to remove the president,” she said. “So there’s different levels of activities you can take under the articles of impeachment.
“We are so close to an election, I will tell you sitting here knowing how divided this country is, I don’t see the value in taking him out of office,” she said.
The comments stand in stark contrast to Lawrence’s perception on impeachment just a few months ago.
In June, Lawrence told CNN “we should begin that process,” according to National Review.
“If we impeach him, he is still sitting in the White House because the Senate must act,” she said. “Our democracy is bigger than Donald Trump, and we need to act.”
LeDuff was shocked by Lawrence’s about face.
“To hear you say, and you are a Democrat, and you are a liberal minded person; I know you don’t like Trump for the betterment of all of us, in an election year, it’s unwise to tear him from the chair. Is that how you think?” the host questioned.
“Yeah,” Lawrence said.
The Washington Examiner pointed out that Lawrence changed her tune once Democrats began digging into allegations the president attempted to leverage his office to pressure Ukraine into investigating the millions a natural gas company there paid former vice president Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, during the Obama administration.
Lawrence was still on board with impeachment as recently as Oct. 4, in an interview with Sirius XM host Dean Obeidallah, according to the news site.
“I feel strongly that for my legacy, for my time in history, sitting here at this table with an oath of office to protect this country, to protect the democracy of the United States of America, I cannot sit silent, that I must move forward with (impeachment) because this is egregious,” she said.
The shift comes amid polling that shows two weeks of testimony in public hearings has made virtually no difference in the public’s attitude toward Trump.
“Support for President Donald Trump’s impeachment remains at about 50% despite two weeks of testimony in public hearings that Democrats felt strongly bolstered their case, according to a CNN poll released Tuesday,” USA Today reports.
“Half of Americans said Trump should be impeached and removed from office, while 43% said he should not, exactly the result CNN got in a poll conducted from Oct. 17-20, before the hearings began.”
And what makes Lawrence’s change of heart remarkable is she has no personal political incentive to back away. Lawrence went unchallenged in the 2018 Democratic primary and went on to win the general election by more than 80% in the heavily Democratic district.
In 2016, she won with 78.5% of the vote and in 2014, it was 77.8%.
This article was posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at 6:24 am