Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard said on Saturday, Dec. 28, that House Democrats’ impeachment push will only increase the chance President Donald Trump win the second term.
In an interview with ABC News, Gabbard (D-Hawaii) explained why she was among the few Democrats who did not back impeachment. Instead, she opted to vote “present” on the two articles of impeachment earlier this month.
“I think impeachment, unfortunately, will only further embolden Donald Trump, increase his support and the likelihood that he’ll have a better shot at getting elected while also seeing the likelihood that the House will lose a lot of seats to Republicans,” Gabbard said.
The Hawaiian congresswoman said she was concerned about the prospect of a second term for the president and Republicans regaining control of the House. She is also worried about the potential ramifications that will be left if President Trump is acquitted in the Senate.
Elaborating further about her “present” vote, Tulsi Gabbard said her vote was “not a decision of neutrality,” and that she was “standing up for the people of this country and our ability to move forward together.”
“Thinking about what’s politically advantageous, whether for me or for my party, does not enter into my mind around these decisions that have really great consequence,” she said.
Besides Gabbard, two other Democrats, Reps. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) and Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-N.J.) also voted against the two impeachment resolutions.
Tulsi Gabbard announced she will not seek re-election to her House seat, according to The Hill.
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