Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke thinks President Trump should take his advice.
The former Texas congressman believes the elected president of the United States should “do the right thing” and resign from office because of the controversy over his phone call with the Ukrainian president.
O’Rourke told CNN’s Erin Burnett on Thursday that he was calling on those “complicit” in Trump’s actions to urge the president to step down now, because Democrats have essentially already determined he is guilty of criminal behavior.
“This is about the future of this country and saving our democracy at the moment that it’s on the line. If we set this precedent that some people are above the law because of the position of power or public trust that they hold, then any hope of being able to keep this republic, this democracy is lost forever,” the 2020 hopeful said on “OutFront.”
“So this is the moment — if there ever was one — for members of Congress, both Republican and Democrat, to put the future of this country ahead of their party,” he added.
Burnett questioned the 2020 hopeful about the likely outcome of an impeachment attempt as the Republican-controlled Senate would not be acting in lockstep with the House.
“If your party impeaches Trump in the House, but he stays in office, are you worried this could be a huge victory for him?” she asked.
O’Rourke replied that he was “not worried” and that it would be up to members of Congress, not a party, to take action.
“I don’t think it will be a party that votes to impeach. I think it’ll be members of Congress who see themselves as Americans first before anything else,” he said.
“President Nixon did the right thing and resigned before it moved to a trial in the Senate,” O’Rourke continued.
“I’m calling upon those who are close to President Trump right now, the same ones who tried to hide the transcript or the notes from this phone call, who right now are complicit in what the president is doing, to advise him to do the right thing and to resign from this office,” the Texas candidate, polling near the bottom of a crowded Democratic primary race, declared.
“If we’re talking about bringing together a very divided country, unifying once again around the great challenges that we have, then the most divisive president that we’ve ever had, one who is breaking laws with complete impunity right now, tearing this country apart, must step down,” the Democrat added, apparently oblivious to the divisive political games played by his own party for more than two years because they did not get their way in 2016.
“That’s the right thing to do,” O’Rourke told Burnett.
“But should he fail to do that, the House must vote to impeach, and that trial must be held in the Senate,” he added. “I believe in this country and I believe that we will do the right thing at the end of the day.”
The “right thing” for Democrats would be to get their way and have Trump leave office, or at least not be re-elected.
Twitter users had little patience for O’Rourke’s grandstanding:
Time to start your goodbye tour, Robert Francis.
— Ck57 (@clk657) September 27, 2019
How about letting the voters decide next year?
Because every Democrat knows they cannot beat President Trump in 2020.
— Thomas Cole (@NCSU_Tom) September 27, 2019
What a joke Beto is. Why does anyone put him on TV? The only logical answer would be to help the GOP
— Ed Rottmann (@RottmannEd) September 27, 2019
Nobody is listening @BetoORourke
— The Warner (@lough_w) September 27, 2019
Oh yeah, that’s next ” for the good of the country” is their next mantra.
— Sharon M, MI (@smich61) September 27, 2019
Democrats must think Americans are stupid. The President is not going to resign over a phone call.
— Rain Phan (@marilynphan) September 27, 2019
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