House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has threatened to “use every arrow in her quiver” to oppose Trump’s forthcoming Supreme Court nominee, but she faces extreme political backlash if she takes it as far as some believe she will.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) even threatened to introduce a motion to remove Pelosi from her position as speaker if she attempts to initiate a second impeachment push to block the confirmation of a new justice.
Pelosi put on notice
Pelosi did not deny that impeachment is on the table as a tool to block a new justice, implying during an interview on Sunday that impeachment is indeed one of the “arrows” in House Democrats’ quiver.
McCarthy has preemptively warned Pelosi that the House will not go along with a second impeachment effort, and said on Wednesday that she would not get away with a renewed attempt as easily as she did the first time.
“I will make you this one promise, listening to the speaker on television this weekend, if she tries to move for an impeachment based upon the president following the Constitution, I think there will be a move on the floor to no longer have the question of her being Speaker,” McCarthy told reporters on Wednesday.
“She may think she has a quiver — we do too,” McCarthy continued. “We will take the movement to remove her from speakership.”
Attacked from all sides
House Democrats have been looking for another excuse to impeach Trump since the trumped-up charges brought in early 2020 fell through. Democrats appear to have forgotten how unpopular that impeachment push was, and President Trump warned that if Pelosi attempts to push another one through, the American people will retaliate.
After Pelosi told ABC’s George Stephanopolous on Sunday that impeachment could be in the cards within the next several weeks, Trump fired back by warning Pelosi that a renewed effort would be political suicide for the entire Democrat party.
“I heard if I [nominate], they’re going to impeach me,” Trump said Monday during an exclusive interview with “Fox & Friends. “So they’re impeaching me for doing what constitutionally I have to do. If they do that, we win all elections.”
Democrats are desperate to retain control of the House and wrest control of the Senate from Republicans, but another unpopular impeachment push could derail plans for a quiet takeover.
If Pelosi attempts an impeachment, “I think we’ll win the entire election,” Trump predicted. “I think we’re going to win back the House, I think we’re going to win the House anyway.”
President Trump is set to announce his nomination for the Supreme Court on Saturday afternoon. Until then, Pelosi appears to be laying low.