Democrats understand that any hopes of removing President Donald Trump from office ahead of the 2020 election hinges on a groundswell of desertions from weak-kneed Republican senators — a demographic that can have ample numbers.
And to hear Fox News’ Chris Wallace tell it, there’s a 1-in-5 chance that there may be enough GOP traitors to the party to pull it off.
Citing the typical anonymous source, Wallace said on “Fox News Sunday” during an interview with White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney that he has been told as much by a “well-connected” GOP source.
“I talked to a very well-connected Republican in Washington this week, somebody whose name you would know well, who says that if the House votes to impeach and it gets to a trial in the Senate, there is now a 20 percent chance he believes — obviously, it’s just an estimate — now a 20 percent chance enough Republicans will vote with the Democrats to remove the president,” Wallace said.
Source: Fox News
Wallace was citing Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria to say that the move was unpopular with interventionist Republicans.
Mulvaney dismissed the assertion that the president is losing support in his party.
“That’s just absurd,” the Trump aide replied. “The comment about the 20 percent is just a person who clearly doesn’t know what they’re talking about.”
“The president is extraordinarily popular at home,” he added. “More popular in the swing districts now that impeachment has started.”
When Wallace pushed back to say he’s talking about Republicans who are distancing themselves from the president, Mulvaney replied, “They have to go home eventually as well.”
In addition to the usual suspects, people like Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, who are always apt to side with Democrats, and Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, a persistent Trump critic, come up as the hope of Democrats everywhere.
The media is doing its part in stirring talk of defections, running out old faithfuls like John Kasich, the former Republican governor of Ohio and rabid Trump hater, to help build a groundswell.
Kasich now backs impeachment because of what he thinks Mulvaney said about quid pro quo.
Naturally, Mulvaney had a different take on that interpretation.
While the Democrat-controlled House very likely has the votes to approve articles of impeachment, getting the upper chamber to support the effort and actually remove Trump from office would require a “super majority” of 67 senators.
In effect, twenty Republican senators would have to cross the aisle and align with the opposition party’s partisan effort.
Of course, the dissatisfaction among neoconservative Republicans over the move to get out of endless wars in the Middle East may explain why the topic has become a key priority for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
The Logan Act be damned, the California Democrat led a “Gang of 9” to visit Jordan over the weekend, with the objective being to discuss events in Syria and the Middle East.
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