President TrumpDonald TrumpGraham says he hopes that Trump runs again Trump says Stacey Abrams 'might be better than existing governor' Kemp Executive privilege fight poses hurdles for Trump MORE’s reelection campaign Thursday launched the “Democrats for Trump” coalition, the same day Rep. Jefferson Van Drew (N.J.) made official his high-profile defection from the Democratic Party to the GOP.
The campaign said the coalition is being formed for disaffected Democrats “who will refuse to support witch hunts, sham impeachments, or radical big government socialist policies.”
“From the sham impeachment to the outright embrace of socialism, the Democrat party of today is unrecognizable and leaving moderate Democrats behind,” said campaign manager Brad ParscaleBrad ParscaleAides tried to get Trump to stop attacking McCain in hopes of clinching Arizona: report MORE. “For Democrats who feel abandoned by the socialist radicalization of their party, there is room for you on Team Trump and we welcome you to join the movement and a President that are putting America first.”
The Trump campaign has seized on the House’s impeachment investigation, which culminated in a vote passing two articles of impeachment Wednesday. The president and his allies on Capitol Hill maintain that impeachment will benefit them politically in November by turning off independents and conservative Democrats who would prefer to see progress on so-called kitchen table issues.
Van Drew’s defection, which Trump formally announced at the White House earlier Thursday, was fueled largely in part because of his opposition to Democrats’ decision to impeach the president. The Trump campaign also released internal polling this week showing impeachment is unpopular in districts carried by Trump in 2016 where Democratic lawmakers are seeking reelection.
“Voters are fed up with politicians who refuse to work with President Trump on key issues like lowering prescription drug costs, passing strong trade deals, or fixing our nation’s infrastructure,” the Trump campaign said.