House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) didn’t wait long to threaten impeachment if Donald Trump tries to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s now-empty Supreme Court seat.
Trump struck back at Democrats threatening the nuclear option, saying on Monday that if Pelosi forces another impeachment, “we’ll win the entire election.”
“I heard if I [nominate], they’re going to impeach me,” Trump told “Fox & Friends” on Monday. “So they’re impeaching me for doing what constitutionally I have to do. If they do that, we win all elections.”
Trump remarked that if Democrats make a second impeachment attempt in a single calendar year, his “numbers will go up,” likely alluding to the fact that his approval ratings hit an all-time high during the last impeachment attempt concluded in February.
Democrats have been quietly working behind the scenes to secure the Senate majority and retain the House majority, but a second unpopular impeachment could undo those plans.
If an impeachment push is launched, “I think we’ll win the entire election,” Trump explained. “I think we’re going to win back the House, I think we’re going to win the House anyway.”
Dems lay plans
A Supreme Court vacancy just as Democrats plan to oust Trump from the White House is their worst nightmare come true, and Democrats are pursuing a number of options to stop Trump and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) from filling the seat.
As appeals for the GOP to respect Ginsburg’s alleged “dying wish” that her seat not be filled before the election appear to be falling on deaf ears, Democrat leaders have hastily moved on to the next option — impeachment.
Pelosi told ABC host George Stephanopolous on Sunday that impeachment is not off the table, and said that Congress will use “every arrow in our quiver” to block a SCOTUS confirmation.
Schumer made similar comments on Saturday, according to an anonymous person who joined a conference call with Democratic senators after news of Ginsburg’s death broke.
According to the report, Schumer told his Democrat colleagues that “nothing is off the table” if McConnell attempts to bring a nominee to a vote.
“Our number one goal must be to communicate the stakes of this Supreme Court fight to the American people,” Schumer said, according to the source. “Let me be clear: if Leader McConnell and Senate Republicans move forward with this, then nothing is off the table for next year. Nothing is off the table.”