House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has for the first time taken a position on impeaching President Trump, saying the President is “not worth it.”
Pelosi doubled down on calling impeachment “divisive,” which she declared earlier this year, but for the first time said she’s against impeachment against Trump because he isn’t worth the effort or divisiveness it will cause, The Washington Post reported Monday.
“I’m not for impeachment,” Pelosi said. “This is news. I’m going to give you some news right now because I haven’t said this to any press person before. But since you asked, and I’ve been thinking about this: Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country. And he’s just not worth it.”
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) March 11, 2019
Pelosi added that she has a “respectful” relationship with the president, but she doesn’t hold back in telling him what she thinks.
“He’s been a great organizer for Democrats, a great fundraiser for Democrats and a great mobilizer at the grass-roots level for Democrats,” she said, laughing. “And I think that’s good for America.”
Shortly after the new Congressional term began earlier this year and Pelosi secured the official vote as House Speaker, she called impeachment “divisive” and cautioned against it.
“I do think that we want to be unified and bring people together. Impeachment is a very divisive approach to take and we shouldn’t take it … without the facts,” Pelosi said, as reported by NBC News.
Pelosi’s comments came the day after newly elected Democrat Rep. Rashida Tlaib told an audience of fellow progressives that Democrats would “impeach the motherf—er.”
Pelosi didn’t condemn the remark, instead treading around it.
“Generationally, that would not be language I would use, but nonetheless, I don’t think we should make a big deal of it,” Pelosi said, adding that the language was “nothing worse than the president has said.”
President Trump, who frequently tweets about Pelosi and other top Democrats, has not yet responded to the news of Pelosi’s position.
Pelosi’s comments have drawn ire from Democrats, many of whom took to Twitter to call for her own impeachment.