Tulsi Gabbard: Okay Fine, I Actually Support Impeachment Now

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Posted: Sep 27, 2019 2:00 PM
Tulsi Gabbard: Okay Fine, I Actually Support Impeachment Now

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It was just three days ago when 2020 Democrat Presidential Candidate Tulsi Gabbard said impeachment of President Trump would be "extremely divisive" and difficult for the country. 

"I think that impeachment would be terribly divisive for our already very divided country," Gabbard said during an interview with CNN. "I think Congress needs to exercise oversight over the information that's been leaked. I think it's important that this transcript is released to Congress so that Congress can do its job. But I think the question of impeachment really would further tear apart an already divided country. I think it's important that Donald Trump is defeated. I believe I can defeat him in 2020. But it's the voters who need to make that choice unequivocally."

"My concern is for our country. United we stand, divided we fall. It's important that Donald Trump is voted out of office by the American people. And I feel very strongly about that," she stressed. 

Now, she's changed her mind. 

“Up to this point, I have been opposed to pursuing impeachment because it will further divide our already badly divided country. However, after looking carefully at the transcript of the conversation with Ukraine’s President, the whistleblower complaint, the Inspector General memo, and President Trump’s comments about the issue, unfortunately, I believe that if we do not proceed with the inquiry, it will set a very dangerous precedent. Future presidents, as well as anyone in positions of power in the government, will conclude that they can abuse their position for personal gain, without fear of accountability or consequences," Gabbard released in a statement Friday. “If we allow the President to abuse his or her power, then our society will rot from top to bottom. We will turn into a banana republic, where people in positions of power—from the president all the way down to the traffic cop—will feel it's okay to abuse their power with no consequences."

“This is not the kind of country that any of us want to see," she continued. “So it is unfortunate, but necessary, that I speak in support of the inquiry into the President’s alleged abuse of power in relation to his interactions with Ukraine’s leaders. This inquiry must be swift, thorough, and narrowly-focused. It cannot be turned into a long, protracted partisan circus that will further divide our country and undermine our democracy.”

Gabbard joins a number of House Democrats and other 2020 candidates who have called for impeachment.