Billionaire Tom Steyer believes his massive campaign to impeach President Donald Trump won’t backfire and will cause the president’s ardent supporters to come out in droves in the midterm elections.
Steyer, a major financier of liberal causes, is putting the bulk of his $110 million war chest toward building out NextGen America and Need to Impeach, two political organizations engineered to take down Trump. Steyer doubled his initial $20 million investment in Need to Impeach to $40 million.
Shoveling millions of dollars into a crusade to oust a sitting president will not do much to antagonize Republican voters, according to Kevin Mack, lead strategist for Need to Impeach.
“There’s all this concern in Washington that impeachment is going to rile up Republicans, but our numbers show the opposite … It’s time to get past the establishment talking points and get to what’s really going to win elections,” Mack said in an interview with Politico Tuesday.
Democrats should not be concerned about campaigning on impeachment for “fear of bothering 21 percent of Republicans who aren’t going to vote for us anyway,” he added, referring to a poll Need to Impeach conducted in July showing that 21 percent of Republicans are extremely worried that Democrats would impeach Trump, while 43 percent said they are not worried at all.
The poll was commissioned by Steyer and also shows 59 percent of Democrats said that they want Republicans out in November, “so of course Democrats should talk about impeaching Trump if the Democrats win big in November.” Only 32 percent of the party are not interested in hearing a narrative supporting impeachment.
Democrats have so far not warmed to Steyer’s position. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, for instance, called an impeachment campaign impractical in March and suggested it distracts from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation and could jeopardize Democratic efforts to take back Congress in 2018. (RELATED: Steyer’s Impeach Trump Campaign Scrounges For Support On Long Road Trip)
Steyer’s tour to boot Trump kicked off less than a week after his political group, NextGen America, announced a $30 million campaign structured around pushing young people into voting. Steyer is forging ahead with his effort despite lacking evidence of the president’s wrong-doing.
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