Dem strategist says Trump should not be impeached

Democratic strategist Don Calloway on Thursday said that he does not think Democrats should impeach Trump if they win back the House in November. 

"I don't think we should impeach in general," Calloway, founder and CEO of Pine Street Strategies, told Hill.TV's Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti on "Rising." 

"I think that impeachment emboldens the 'deplorables,' and folks will come out, in a way, against Democrats," he said. 

Calloway said Democrats instead should focus on issues, such as right to work and economic empowerment. 

"These are things we should be focusing on instead of impeachment. Impeachment is purely political. We have substantive stuff to worry about," he continued. 

Some Democrats, including Rep. Al Green (D-Texas), have called for members to move to impeach Trump if the party wins back the Lower Chamber in November.

But House Democrats in January overwhelmingly rejected a procedural move on articles of impeachment introduced by Green.

Senior House Democrats, including House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiSenators restart shutdown talks — and quickly hit roadblocks On The Money: Shutdown hits Day 24 | Trump touts need for wall in speech to farmers | Poll numbers sag | House Dems push stopgap bills | How the shutdown could harm the economy | TSA absences raise stakes for deal Feehery: Current shutdown impasse is a fight over peanuts MORE (D-Calif.) have cautioned against moving to impeach Trump, saying it is not a priority.

"It’s not a priority on the agenda going forward unless something else comes forward,” Pelosi said in August.

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