Independent Sen. Angus King of Maine warned Democrats against talk of impeachment and said any efforts to expel President Donald Trump will only fire up his base.
“Well, I think people are frustrated and it breaks into groups. And we had … in some cases, my election is sort of a microcosm of where people are,” King said on “Morning Joe” Tuesday. “My Republican opponent got 35 percent, I think that represents a hardcore Republican Trump base. My Democratic opponent got a little over 10 percent. That’s the sort of Progressive Democratic base.”
King said a third of the country believes Trump is being unfairly attacked by Democrats. King said this percentage of the country also doesn’t believe impeachment should be an option. (RELATED: Democrats Will Need More Than Michael Cohen If They Want To Impeach Trump, Says Jonathan Turley)
“But there is a third of the state just as there is a third of the country who believes the president is under siege improperly and all those kinds of things. And that’s one of the reasons I think we have to wait and see the full scope of what the president is charged with,” King continued.
“To be talking about impeachment now only will inflame that third of the country,” he added.
“They’ll feel it’s a kind of a coup or revenge or something like that. Impeachment is a very high standard in my view. And so people are … I think one way to put it is people are waiting for the other shoe to drop.”
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