Rep. Maxine Waters (D., Calif.) said Monday she disagreed with Democratic leadership’s opposition to impeachment efforts against President Donald Trump, claiming that “70 percent of women” want him impeached.
That’s not a position shared by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) and others in party leadership, who view such efforts as a distraction during the 2018 midterms and fear it could be used as a rallying cry for Republicans.
“Whether we’re talking about the DNC or the DCCC, they all believe that the Republicans will just use that and say, ‘they’re mad because they lost the election,’ and they don’t particularly think that’s a good way to go with this. I don’t agree with them,” Waters said.
MSNBC host Chris Hayes asked her if she at least thought it would be a “tactical mistake.”
“I’m not persuaded by that idea,” she said.
Everywhere she goes, Waters claimed, people ask her, “Why don’t they impeach him?”
“This man is dishonorable. He lies all the time. He’s a con man. They say all of these things,” Waters said. “And I’m not just talking about my district … Wherever I am, I’m hearing it, and I’m told that 70 percent of women who have been polled say that they want him impeached.”
It is unclear where Waters got that statistic. A recent NPR poll revealed 47 percent of voters would oppose a candidate who wished to impeach Trump, against 42 percent of thsoe would support such a candidate. The poll showed 70 percent of Democratic voters would back a candidate favoring impeachment.