Democratic Party leaders, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), have been pushing hard for a second impeachment effort against President Donald Trump.
According to former Rep. Newt Gingrich (R-GA), who also held the speakership, however, Pelosi’s latest move is driven by fear that Trump’s political career is not yet over.
“To subordinate the will of Pelosi”
As Breitbart reported, Gingrich recently revealed his belief that the current speaker is concerned that voters will re-elect Trump in 2024 if her party does not effectively relegate him to the status of a partisan pariah now.
His statement came one day before 10 House Republicans joined Democrats on Wednesday in voting to impeach the president for a second time.
With just days left in his term, Trump earned the inauspicious reputation of becoming the only president in U.S. history to have been impeached twice.
Nevertheless, Gingrich contended that Pelosi’s efforts show “contempt” for the American people as well as legitimate fear that Trump might run for a nonconsecutive second term after losing November’s re-election bid.
“The will of the American people has to subordinate to the will of Pelosi,” he said. “Trump has to be impeached to stop him from running again. Pelosi fears the American people might pick him if they were allowed to.”
“Tear down the things that we hold so dear”
Although any prospective Senate trial is unlikely to conclude until well after Trump leaves the White House next week, he could still potentially be convicted and thus be barred from seeking future elected office.
For her part, Pelosi had framed the discussion in apocalyptic terms, asserting that allowing Trump to remain in office would constitute a “clear and present danger” to the United States.
“The president much be impeached and, I believe, the president must be convicted by the Senate, a constitutional remedy that will ensure that the republic will be safe from this man who is so resolutely determined to tear down the things that we hold so dear,” she said.
Of course, it is not just Democratic leaders who are reportedly supportive of the push for impeachment.
According to sources said to be familiar with the situation, Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) privately expressed anger toward Trump and hopes to see him purged from the party. Still, he said on Wednesday that there is “simply no chance that a fair or serious trial could conclude before President-elect Biden is sworn in next week.”