‘Need to Impeach’ leader brings his message to Twin Cities
Tom Steyer is actively trying to impeach President Donald Trump.
The San Francisco billionaire, philanthropist and Democratic fundraiser brought his campaign to Minnesota on Wednesday night, speaking and answering questions from a crowd of about 500 people at the Machine Shop in southeast Minneapolis.
Steyer called Trump lawless and dangerous and said the political establishment in the United States does not want any discussion of impeachment.
They believe its not in their interest, he told the crowd. But were going to tell the truth if it kills us.
Minneapolis was the 14th stop in a 30-city town hall tour, which has included meetings in Orlando, Fla.; Maryland; Iowa, and Colorado. Between 200 and 400 people have come to each, Steyers spokesman Erik Olvera said Wednesday.
Steyer is spending about $30 million on his Need to Impeach campaign. Hes spending another $20 million on his Next Gen America campaign, mobilizing millennials across the country and specifically in 11 swing states to regain Democratic control of the U.S. House.
He has his share of detractors, both Republicans and Democrats. And Trump.
Wacky totally unhinged Tom Steyer, who has been fighting me and my Make America Great Again agenda from beginning, never wins elections! Trump tweeted in October 2017.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., pushed back in April against Steyers crusade, saying the effort is premature while special counsel Robert Muellers probe into Russian influence in the election is still pending.
Whether or not the president should be impeached is a matter that is being dealt with in the Justice Department, Pelosi said in a news briefing.
Olvera said Wednesday that Steyers group believes Trump has already surpassed the threshold for impeachment.
The longer you wait on this, the more youre normalizing someone whos acting lawlessly and behaving recklessly, he said.
Steyer said almost 5.4 million people have signed on to Need to Impeach since it was started last October with national TV and social media ads. Olvera said thats bigger than the National Rifle Associations list.
Some strategists say its comparable to Bernies and is one of the more powerful political tools for the Democratic Party right now, he said.
More importantly, Olvera said, its not a partisan issue. We need to move across party lines to move forward with impeachment. Thats why were doing town halls, making a case that its the patriotic thing to do for America.
A list of quick facts on Need to Impeach said that more than 50 legal scholars determined that Trump has already publicly committed at least eight impeachable offenses, including obstructing justice and undermining the freedom of the press.
Weve been hearing from people on the ground about issues they are worried about, around the administration and attacks the administration has had on the country that people feel is an attack on them, too, Olvera said.
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