Another Trump Term Would Cause ‘Irreparable Damage To The United States,’ Pelosi Warns
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is openly worried about what another term served out by President Donald Trump could do to the United States.
In an interview that aired Thursday morning on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Pelosi told host George Stephanopoulos that the president was violating his own oath of office in order to promote himself politically.
“I solemnly swear to uphold the Constitution as long as it doesn’t make a difference in the election. That’s not the oath we take,” Pelosi said, per reporting from Politico.
Pelosi also expressed concern about the lasting impact of Trump’s presidency — including whether the nation as we know it today could survive another term with him in office beyond 2020.
“The re-election of Donald Trump would do irreparable damage to the United States,” the speaker explained. “We have some serious repair and healing to do in our country for what he’s done so far. I’m not sure that two terms — it might be irreparable.”
.@SpeakerPelosi on President Trumps' phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy: “I want the American people to know what that phone call was about.” https://t.co/ql3Dc0F16w pic.twitter.com/Z8dVZzFWhb
— Good Morning America (@GMA) October 3, 2019
Pelosi was not as fast as some of her colleagues within the Democratic caucus were to embrace an impeachment inquiry into the president’s actions. After a whistleblower complaint became public, however, alleging that Trump sought to pressure the president of Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden (a potential challenger to the incumbent president in 2020), Pelosi announced last week her mind had changed, and that the House would open an impeachment inquiry.
“The actions of the Trump presidency revealed the dishonorable fact of the president’s betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of our national security, and betrayal of the integrity of our elections,” Pelosi said, per prior reporting from HillReporter.com.
There appears to be support for the impeachment inquiry among the general public. While a recent Monmouth poll showed that support for outright-impeachment at this time was split, with 47 percent in favor of it and 47 percent not, attitudes on the inquiry into impeachment received much higher marks, with a majority (52 percent) supporting it.
Pelosi seemed to suggest within her interview that the inquiry would not necessarily guarantee articles of impeachment would be filed against the president. Asked whether impeachment was inevitable, she answered in the negative.
“I don’t think so, no. I think that we just go forward and follow the facts,” she said, adding “it isn’t worthy of the Constitution” to impeach Trump right away.