Democrats Denounce Steyer's Impeachment Push: "It's Not Helpful"

California financier Tom Steyer’s $20 million ad campaign to impeach President Donald Trump has alienated some of the Democratic leaders with the influence to make impeachment a reality.

As The Daily Caller's Jack Crowe details, some within the Democratic leadership fear that aggressively pursuing impeachment will only serve to turn Republican and independents against the party and jeopardize their opportunity to flip Congress in 2018.

“I’ve been a very harsh critic of this president... But the impeachment message right now is not helpful to the possibility of retaking the House,” Democratic Rep. Jim Himes of Connecticut, chairman of the fiscally moderate New Democratic Coalition, told The Wall Street Journal.

Steyer, a billionaire hedge fund founder, dismissed the pragmatic criticisms brought by lawmakers and suggested the impeachment ads serve a higher goal.

“I understand that there are people who think that from a tactical political standpoint it may not be clever,” Steyer said. “We’re not trying to be clever.”

The ads have run on CNN, MSNBC and Fox News, local broadcast stations, Times Square and Twitter. The segments, which cast Trump’s firing of former FBI director James Comey as obstruction, direct viewers to a virtual impeachment petition website, that 2.6 million people have signed in the month since the campaign began.

Steyer, who has spent over $170 million to support Democratic causes and candidates over the last three years, claims the ad campaign is designed to put sufficient public pressure on lawmakers that they secure the necessary coalition to impeach.

Some Democrats appreciate Steyer’s enthusiasm but don’t believe his efforts are likely to assist in the party’s most pressing concern, the 2018 congressional races

“I like Tom, and he means well,” said Democratic Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts.


“And he certainly believes he’s doing the right thing for the country….[but] I don’t think the impeachment conversation necessarily helps in House races.”

Steyer believes the 2016 election demonstrated the impotence of establishment politics and, as a result, he does not place much stock in the advice of establishment lawmakers.

“The Republican nominee wasn’t really a Republican. The person who energized the Democratic Party wasn’t really a Democrat,” Steyer said, referring to Trump and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent.


“So, when I hear the Washington establishment tell me, ‘Shut the f—up,’ I think, well, maybe.”

Despite the naysayers, Steyer’s ads have prompted some action on Capitol Hill. Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, introduced five articles of impeachment on Nov. 15 after seeing one of the ads.

“I finally said after I saw that ad, I thought, ‘I need to move forward,'” Cohen said.

The impeachment articles, which received only six votes, cite Trump’s firing of Comey as obstruction of justice and allege that Trump violated the emoluments clause by accepting payment from foreign officials through his businesses. They also accuse the president of undermining the federal judiciary and freedom of the press.


38BWD22 Fri, 11/24/2017 - 16:57 Permalink

  Bwa ha ha.  I saw that ad.  The D's may be tearing themselves up even more than the Rs.But, should the D's win in 2018..., erm, they may try to impeach Trump for, well, whatever.  And shit.

GUS100CORRINA 38BWD22 Fri, 11/24/2017 - 17:04 Permalink

Democrats Denounce Steyer's Impeachment Push: "It's Not Helpful"My response: This will probably be the only time in my life that I agree with the DEMOCRATS,  but "Steyer's Impeachment Push" is NOT HELPFUL!!! If fact, it is treason without reason and very divisive.Everytime I see that add, my BLOOD PRESSURE goes up 20 points!!!The following line is proving true every single day."THE COST OF FREEDOM IS THE DEFENSE OF IDIOTS LIKE STEYER!"

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DownWithYogaPants GUS100CORRINA Fri, 11/24/2017 - 17:13 Permalink

Beware whispering lefties. I saw the commercial. Tom says "It's like we have to impeach cause I don't like him."This guy is thinking about running. Yes please run.  We need another low testosterone lefty for an object lesson.  We can use him as Baron Trump's whiipping boy!   When we really want to have fun we can hang him upside down until he promises a billion to pay down the national debt.  I am a nice guy but I think I really could bring myself to go Academi on his fcuking whimpering ass.

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swmnguy 38BWD22 Fri, 11/24/2017 - 17:43 Permalink

The Dems wouldn't try to impeach Trump if they could.  The only real difference they have with him is in which faction of the Oligarchy they favor.  That and Trump's atrociously vulgar manners.  Policy?  It's Reagan's 10th term, just as it would have been had Hillary won.The Dems are far better off with Trump in the White House, and most of them know it.

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swmnguy house biscuit Fri, 11/24/2017 - 19:19 Permalink

I would tend to agree.  LBJ, anyone?  But that's why the Dems are so freaked out about Trump.Actual Leftists hate Trump too of course, for the same reasons they hate the Clintons and didn't support Hillary.  In terms of style they may find Trump more repulsive.  But not in terms of content or policy.  All the differences the media and partisans obsess over are trivial and cosmetic, and are matters of preference for one faction over another of the Oligarchy.

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DownWithYogaPants swmnguy Sat, 11/25/2017 - 00:14 Permalink

I don't get atrocious nor vulgar.You see my ideas are based on functionality.  Seems like you guys are like the CNN people who think "Bill Clinton lies sooooo good".I like the guy who is actually trying to push back against the evil.  Granted the evil is so powerful in the Deep State that Trump is relatively powerless but I do like all the screeching sounds.Here in the midwest we don't worry about the paint job so much and think more about the engine.  You might be well placed to consider doing the same.

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SmittyinLA Fri, 11/24/2017 - 16:58 Permalink

Steyer is heavily invested in the California green energy electrical distribution fraud cartel.

Trump is a threat to his wallet, somebody from the Trump USDOJ Anti Trust division may notice the multi-billion dollar electrical distribution fraud cartel operating in California.

The last eclipse indicated and exposed massive solar fraud in California.

Steyer has heavily invested in American energy handicaps.

RopeADope Fri, 11/24/2017 - 17:15 Permalink

How does a billionaire hedge fund founder not understand why the Senate oftentimes votes 98-2 on a bill? There is a reason why the D.C. politicians say Steyer is 'not helping' anything.

There Fri, 11/24/2017 - 17:06 Permalink

And Carl Ican pocketed $200 Million in 6 Months as an Administration Advisor on energy futures.When caught the WH said in effect they never heard of the guy.Self dealing has reached new highs with Useless President Dangerous and company.

shimmy Fri, 11/24/2017 - 17:07 Permalink

170 mil over the last 3 years. Nice and a great use of cash that he could have put towards helping the less fortunate if he actually truly cared about them. Naturally, he doesn't like most of the billionaire libtard fucks just like him who love to virtue signal

Giant Meteor Fri, 11/24/2017 - 17:13 Permalink

This guy, just another whining money man trying to back door what passes for political process. Let's just BUY the fucking impeachment, like every other fooking thing. Fuck him, and the tin horse he rode in on. He "cares" about the country .. Jesus H Christ ..That's ummm, very rich, to say the least.Here is another syncopant example in the flesh ..This guy who said ..“And he certainly believes he’s doing the right thing for the country….[but] I don’t think the impeachment conversation necessarily helps in House races.” What a fucking laugh. These scumbags are so stupid and corrupt, even THEY don't know when their peddling dogshit packaged as perfume..Yes, that is the important thing, those illustrious "house races."Because after all, with stellar convictions like this, no wonder the nation circles the drain, with increasing force ..

Deep Snorkeler Fri, 11/24/2017 - 17:16 Permalink

Deep Insight Into Trump1. he does not know the meaning of things he does2. he has arrogant and antique attitudes3. his mind is that of a psycho-primitive child4. he is the boss of legions of barely literate numbkins5. the boundaries of normality cannot constrain him6. making golf great again doesn't help America

Arnold Babar Fri, 11/24/2017 - 17:18 Permalink

This guy wants to impeach Trump for violating the Constitution.  Where was he during previous administrations when they were raping it?  Steyer should take a long walk on a short pier.

LadyAtZero Fri, 11/24/2017 - 17:38 Permalink

I figure the more they spend trying to impeach Trump,   the more they are trying to keep the Trump investigations from exposing their wrongdoing.    Mr. Steyer, thou doth protesteth too much. (Remember, he and his brother Jim Steyer had their emails mixed in with last year's Podesta pedogate emails... My bet is that these guys are quite nervous about all of that).

Muppet Fri, 11/24/2017 - 18:11 Permalink

Maxine Waters for President!  Maxine Waters is the best representative of Democrats today.  She has been steadfast in voices the exact issues that most Democrats are concerned with.  Go Maxine!

roddy6667 Muppet Fri, 11/24/2017 - 22:14 Permalink

Maxine Waters is one of the strongest supporters of the GOP. Just watching her tortured facial expressions, rolling eyes, and ghetto rhetoric drives people out of the Democratic Party in droves. Another is the poster girl for stroke awareness, Nancy Pelosi. She can't complete a sentence without a long pause these days. She has prompters off camera to reel her back into reality. It must be great fun to ask her a question on TV and watch her twist in the wind. Oh, let's not forget Hilary falling down and having seizures on camera. That really imbues confidence.Such choices Americans have at election time.

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trailer park boys Fri, 11/24/2017 - 18:46 Permalink

Of course, Steyer from San Francisco, and Jamie Dimon from New York - 2 mega wealthy financial elites from both coasts - would love to have Trump gone early. Hillary Clinton, friend of the wealthy and powerful establishment figures, wasn't supposed to lose. How can these guys continue to rape the American public when an establishment shill is not in the White House?

Drop-Hammer Fri, 11/24/2017 - 22:07 Permalink

Maybe we should take a page out of the Arabs' playbook and arrest/round-up all of America's jew billionaires and confiscate their wealth in exchange for allowing them to self-deport to Israel.