CNN's Van Jones: 'Democrats Are In a Lose-Lose Situation' With Impeachment

Posted: Oct 04, 2019 10:25 AM

CNN political commentator Van Jones warned Democrats are putting themselves into a position where there might not be a victory for them as they go full-steam ahead with President Trump's impeachment. 

Jones, who was a special adviser to former President Barack Obama, said the impeachment inquiry will push Republicans into rallying behind Trump.

"It’s a tricky thing. The impeachment process, because for some Republicans it makes them want to rally around the flag. Now I remember when I was anti-Bill Clinton from the Left in the ‘90s and then they tried to impeach him, and suddenly Clinton was my best friend and I was, like, 'Leave Bill Clinton alone,'" Jones said on Thursday.

"So I think, you know, you get crosscurrents in this thing. At the same time, the Democrats are in a lose-lose situation, and if they don’t do something, their own base is going to feel disappointed and you feel like maybe Trump gets away too much. If you go through with the impeachment though, you can divide the country further, you take the oxygen away from your candidates, and you still don’t solve the problem of foreign interference," Jones said.

He added the whole situation was "a big mess."

Since Congressional Democrats have fully committed to the impeachment inquiry over Trump pushing Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, in exchange for military aid, Trump's reelection campaign has raked in large amounts of money.

In the 24 hours after Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi endorsed the impeachment inquiry in September, Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale said they and the Republican Party had raised $5 million.