In a new interview with Matt Taibi and Katie Halper, 2020 candidate Andrew Yang admits that impeachment “is going to be a loser” and will likely backfire on Democrats.
“I’m pro-impeachment, but this is going to be a loser,” Yang predicted “You need literally dozens of Republican senators to switch sides when the trial starts, which we’ve gotten zero indication is going to happen.”
In fact, the exact number of Republican Senators Democrats would need to vote with them to remove Trump is 20, a number no serious analyst has predicted they can even come close to achieving.
So the smart money and math is indeed on impeachment being a loser, at least in terms of actually removing Trump from office.
From Rolling Stone:
Matt: Characteristically, you’re one of the first people to break ranks with some of the other democratic candidates on impeachment. You’ve made some comments that drew some fire from pundits. What’s your take on the impeachment process?
Andrew: I’m pro-impeachment, but this is going to be a loser.
Katie: How dare you!
Andrew: Not a single Republican has given any indication that they’re in fact-finding mode. They’re all in defend-the-president mode. You need literally dozens of Republican senators to switch sides when the trial starts, which we’ve gotten zero indication is going to happen. The more this drags on, the more danger there is of two things:
Number one, Donald Trump comes out of this and is vindicated, totally exonerated.
Number two, we are wasting precious time where we should be creating a positive vision that Americans are excited about solving the problems that got Donald Trump elected, and beat him in 2020. If all that happens is all of the Democrats are talking about impeachment that fails, then it seems like there is no vision. It seems like all we can do is throw ineffective rocks at Donald Trump, and then it ends up leading unfortunately toward his re-election.
Katie: It’s like good PR for him.
Andrew: He’s a creature that thrives on attention, and so the more attention he gets, the better for him, the worst for Democrats.
Matt: After 2016, the first thought I had was, “Well, this is going to inspire a rethink in the Democratic Party. They’re going to re-argue their case. They’re going to find a way to tell people how they’re going to fix the problems of ordinary people across America.
Immediately they point to Russiagate, now impeachment….They’re focusing on this thing that, to a lot of people, is an internecine phenomenon, a Washington drama.
Andrew: Unfortunately, Matt, my team and I have been part of some of the planning sessions, and that’s not changing. Their take on it is, we argued against Trump wrong last time — this time we’re going to really stick it to him by talking about this. You’re like, “Oh, my gosh. We’ve learned nothing.”