One Arizona Democrat is calling on the new Democratic majority in the House to “take some risks” in 2019, going as far as attempting to impeach President Trump.
Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz., told Hill.TV Monday that Democrats should be aggressive with their agenda, thinking far ahead into the future.
“I hope that we are thinking 10 years ahead, and that we understand that the American people put us in the majority to take some risks to move the ball forward,” Grijalva said. “To sit comfortably and to wait for the next election, is not an option and shouldn’t be an option and I’m hopeful that that’s what happens.”
Asked about the House impeaching Trump, he said that one month ago “the i-word” was taboo, but “the drip, drip, drip on this president has become a pretty steady pour now.”
“And as we go forward, I don’t think Democrats or Republicans in terms of the well-being of this nation should eliminate the word ‘impeachment’ from their vocabulary,” he added.
.@RepRaulGrijalva: "And as we go forward, I don’t think Democrats or Republicans in terms of the well-being of this nation should eliminate the word ‘impeachment’ from their vocabulary." @HillTVLive https://t.co/zdXHq4EFQi pic.twitter.com/SOpYJpgBaY
— The Hill (@thehill) January 2, 2019
Though the rank-and-file is out for blood against Trump, there has been resistance from Democratic leadership to focusing on impeachment. Incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has previously said impeachment is “not a priority.” Other Democrats want to wait for special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report on the Trump obstruction of justice and Russian collusion investigation before considering impeachment.
Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.
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