Clinton Press Secretary: Keep Trump in Office, He Will Destroy Republican Party
Joe Lockhart advises Democrats to let president finish his term
A Former White House press secretary under President Bill Clinton has advised Democrats to abandon pushing to impeach President Donald Trump because keeping him in office will annihilate the Republican Party.
“Mr. Trump is three years into destroying what we know as the Republican Party. Another two years just might finish it off. Trumpism has become Republicanism, and that spells electoral doom for the party,” Joe Lockhart, wrote in a New York Times op-ed on Monday.
Lockart suggested that Trump deserves to be impeached because he is unfit for office, but if Democrats hold back while he finishes his term it would be more beneficial to them.
He added that pushing for impeachment would only end up uniting a “fraying” Republican Party, before citing Democrats’ election successes after Clinton was impeached.
“Allowing Mr. Trump to lead the Republican Party, filled with sycophants and weak-willed leaders, into the next election is the greater prize."
"Democrats have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to realign American politics along progressive lines, very much like Ronald Reagan did for Republicans in the 1980s,” he said.
“Trumpism equals Republicanism as long as Donald Trump is at the top of the ticket.
"And a real shift to progressivism in America will be delivered by a devastating criticism of the president and his party, a rebuke that will return control of the Senate and statehouses across the nation."
"Politics is always a gamble — and this is the best bet we’ve had in a long time,” he continued.
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But Democratic 2020 hopefuls like Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., are not heeding Lockhart's advice.
Yesterday, the presidential candidate called for impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump following the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report.
“I know people say this is politically charged and we shouldn’t go there, and that there is an election coming up, but there are some things that are bigger than politics,” Warren told an audience at Keene College, New Hampshire.
“We cannot be an America that says it is OK for a president of the United States to try and block an investigation into a foreign attack on our country or an investigation into that president’s own misbehavior -- so I have called on the House to initiate impeachment proceedings.”