GOP strategist Rick Wilson joined a CNN panel discussing Trump impeachment possibilities, where he and another guest argued it’s a necessary moral and legal step because “allegations mean nothing” to a “shameless” president.
American University Professor Allan Lichtman, presidential historian Douglas Brinkley and Wilson appeared on CNN host Don Lemon’s Wednesday show to analyze whether they believe the Democratic leadership, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, will pursue an impeachment process against President Donald Trump. Just hours after Special Counsel Robert Mueller issued a public statement about his report, the panel said impeachment is the moral thing to do because Trump is “so good at deflection, distraction and obstruction” that he swats away and capitalizes on any mere allegations.
During the discussion, Wilson misquoted a line from HBO’s The Wire series, in which he warned Pelosi to go all-in on impeachment should she choose to do so because “if you’re going to go after the king, you best get him.”
You can’t use normal moral-suasion against this guy because he doesn’t have any morals,” Wilson told the CNN panel, echoing his earlier point “you can’t shame the shameless.”
“If you’re going to go after him, to quote The Wire, if you’re going to go after the king, you best get him,” Wilson said. “And in this case, she knows she gets one shot at all this. If she blows it, and they don’t get him impeached in the House—they won’t get him in the Senate, which is also a huge factor here—if they don’t do the thing correctly in the House, they never get to go after him again on any of this. He will romp on this and say I’ve been completely cleared. They couldn’t impeach me. We’re done.”
But Pelosi continues to appear reluctant to pursue any impeachment process against Trump. Speaking in San Francisco just hours after Mueller’s statement, Pelosi said, “you don’t bring an impeachment unless you have all the facts.” The California Democrat has long pushed back against factions of the party demanding impeachment, perhaps taking note of the 2018 midterm election victories and a demand from some to move on from impeachment talk.
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