This week, the House of Representatives will be voting on two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. But while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is leading the charge, it turns out that not all of her caucus is on board.
Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN) now among those defecting from the party line.
Peterson is chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, and in an interview with Minnesota newspaper The Globe, he explained why impeaching the president isn’t something that he can support.
“You have people who decided they were going to impeach him, and now they’ve spent a year trying to figure out how they can make a case for it. That’s backwards. I just don’t agree with it,” the Minnesota Democrat told a reporter.
Dividing the country
Peterson went on to speculate as to why impeachment doesn’t seem to be resonating among his constituents.
“If you did a poll in my district, over the half the people in my district would say that we shouldn’t do foreign aid in the first place, okay? So to convince them that holding up foreign aid is a big deal? They want to get rid of it.”
Peterson also didn’t think the political and social price of impeachment was worth the cost.
“This is dividing the country for no good reason because he’s not going to be thrown out of office,” he complained. “If people don’t like Trump, they can vote against him.”
Dissension in the ranks
Peterson’s vote against impeachment isn’t the only setback that Democrats have experienced lately. Over the weekend, New Jersey Democrat Jeff Van Drew announced that he would be joining the GOP.
The president expressed his approval, tweeting that the move was “very big” and praising Drew as “very smart.” However, other members of Drew’s party weren’t so enthused.
“Jeff Van Drew has chosen his political career over our Constitution,” the Philadelphia Enquirer quoted New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy as saying. “Despite knowing full well that the President has abused the powers of his office, Congressman Van Drew is now willing to enable Donald Trump just to try to salvage his own election.”
Drew’s staff members are leaving as well. His director of constituency relations, CeCe Doherty, declared, “Defeating Trump has and always will be the main goal for me. It’s the reason I got involved in politics. I could not, in good conscience, continue working in an office where mutual morals and values were no longer present.”