Steyer presses Dems on impeachment before receptive Netroots audience

Steyer presses Dems on impeachment before receptive Netroots audience
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Billionaire donor Tom Steyer pressed Democrats on impeaching President TrumpDonald TrumpHouse passes voting rights and elections reform bill DEA places agent seen outside Capitol during riot on leave Georgia Gov. Kemp says he'd 'absolutely' back Trump as 2024 nominee MORE in a speech Thursday, calling out his own party's establishment for not backing his effort.

“I don’t see the Democratic establishment doing anything real to stop him,” Steyer said at the progressive Netroots Nation conference in New Orleans, according to The Washington Post.

“They’re not willing to face the devastating and obvious facts about this president. Like the fact that Donald Trump is wildly corrupt, and we are well past the threshold to kick him out of office,” Steyer continued.

Steyer founded the "Need to Impeach" campaign and is behind the multimillion-dollar public effort to convince Democrats to back impeachment.


But the issue of impeachment has divided the party. A handful of prominent liberal lawmakers, including Reps. Al GreenAlexander (Al) N. GreenBiden pledges support for Texas amid recovery from winter storm Biden turns focus to winter storm with Texas trip LIVE COVERAGE: Senate opens Trump's second impeachment trial MORE (D-Texas) and Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersProgressives grumble but won't sink relief bill over fewer stimulus checks Lawmakers, Martin Luther King III discuss federal responses to systematic racism The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Ahead: One-shot vax, easing restrictions, fiscal help MORE (D-Calif), have championed removing Trump from office, including by introducing articles of impeachment.

In December, 58 House Democrats voted in a failed effort to begin impeachment proceedings.

Green has vowed that the party will try again if it retakes the House in the midterms.

But the impeachment push has faced opposition from party leaders such as House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: Democrats deals to bolster support for relief bill | Biden tries to keep Democrats together | Retailers fear a return of the mask wars Here's who Biden is now considering for budget chief Biden urges Democrats to advocate for rescue package MORE (D-Calif.).

“I don’t think we should be talking about impeachment,” Pelosi said during a press briefing in May.

Party leaders worry that pushing impeachment could cost Democrats votes from independent voters and help mobilize the GOP base as Democrats try to flip the House and Senate this November. 

In his speech Thursday, Steyer blasted the party establishment, saying they "lack common sense" and "have no sense of urgency," according to Fox News.

More than 3,000 people attended the Netroots Foundation’s annual meeting, where lawmakers and party officials are pushing a more progressive agenda for the Democratic party.

More than 5.5 million people have signed Steyer's petition calling for impeachment and a recent poll showed that 42 percent of Americans are in favor of Trump’s impeachment. But there is little chance Trump will be impeached in this Congress.

Steyer told attendees at the conference that things would not get better under Trump.

“Whatever you think of him today, it’s going to get worse,” Steyer said at the conference, according to the Post. “There’s a human expectation that there’s a reversion to the mean. There’s not going to be a reversion to the mean.”