GOP pollster: Smart for Republicans to use impeachment threat to drive voter turnout

Republican pollster Brett Loyd on Thursday said it is smart for Republican candidates to use the threat of impeaching President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump nods at reputation as germaphobe during coronavirus briefing: 'I try to bail out as much as possible' after sneezes MORE to drive voter turnout in House midterm races. 

"I think it is," Loyd told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking" when asked whether it was smart for Republicans to use Democrats' impeachment threat as a campaign focal point. 

"I think ... the fear of a Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Stone judge under pressure over calls for new trial MORE Congress, that's more powerful than any policy debate or anything else because I think Republicans and most of the independents, a majority of independents, see that as dangerous to some piece of policy that they like, be it immigration or economic policy," he continued. "So I think it's a fair thing for Republicans to campaign on." 

Democrats such as Reps. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersMaxine Waters: Gang members have 'more integrity' than 'street player' Trump Maxine Waters blasts Trump as 'mafia boss' over Stone case Democrats highlight lack of diversity at major banks in new report MORE (D-Calif.) and Al GreenAlexander (Al) N. GreenChinatown restaurants, shops say business is down due to coronavirus fears Democrats highlight lack of diversity at major banks in new report House passes supplemental disaster relief for Puerto Rico MORE (D-Texas) have vowed to work to impeach President Trump. 

Various Republicans, including Trump himself, have warned that Democrats will move to impeach him if they gain a majority in the House in November. 

“We have to keep the House because if we listen to Maxine Waters, she’s going around saying ‘We will impeach him,’ ” Trump said at a campaign rally in April. 

However, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has warned against efforts to impeach Trump, saying it would end up working against the party before the midterms.

“On the political side I think it’s a gift to the Republicans,” Pelosi said. “We want to talk about what they’re doing to undermine working families in our country and what we are doing to increase their payrolls and lower their costs," Pelosi said. 

— Julia Manchester