FLASHBACK: What Dem Hypocrites Said About Impeachment in 1998
Democrats gained no ground from their impeachment hearings, where everyone denied the quid pro quo they’re looking for. Hilariously, support for Trump’s impeachment has shifted from positive to negative territory by the conclusion of the hearings.
Republicans are viewing the hearings as nothing more than a witch hunt that will, in the best case scenario, simply be a waste of the taxpayer’s time and money. Trump may get impeached symbolically in the House, but the Democrats responsible for that will know there’s a zero percent change the Senate follows in their lead.
Without a hint of irony, these are the same Democrats who cried “witch hint” when it was one of their own being impeached, Bill Clinton.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler is the chief hypocrite in the unfolding impeachment saga. When it was Bill Clinton’s impeachment, he warned that “This partisan coup d’etat will go down in infamy in the history of our nation.”
Nadler also seemed to think that impeaching a president for lying under oath was “lowering the standard of impeachment.”
If that was the case then, what does he think his proceedings are?
Nancy Pelosi’s tone also changed drastically on impeachment.
Speaking on the House floor in December 1998 she told us that “Today the Republican majority is not judging the president with fairness, but impeaching him with a vengeance.”
She added “In the investigation of the president, fundamental principles which Americans hold dear – fairness, privacy, checks and balances – have been seriously violated and why? Because we are here today because the Republicans in the House are paralyzed with hatred of President Clinton… Until the Republicans free themselves of that hatred, our country will suffer.”
When it was his party being drawn into a mess, John Lewis correctly realized that impeachment proceedings interfere with the government’s ability to do much else. “[Instead of discussing impeachment] We should be standing here debating the future of social security. We should be standing here debating health care. We should be standing here debating education for our children and how we can protect the environment. Instead we are participating in a political charade. Republicans want to do what they could not do in an election, defeat Bill Clinton.”
Recently, Nancy Pelosi called it “weak” and “dangerous” to back off and let the American people decide in 2020.
So devoted is she to the cause of impeachment that Maxine Waters has been calling for it since before Trump even took office.
She admitted that Clinton was “guilty of certain indiscretions, in his private life.” But, she said, Clinton “did not commit high crimes and misdemeanors” that warranted impeachment.
Above all else, she blasted a “partisan impeachment” that she described, like Nadler, as a Republican Coup.
It looks like Democrats were simply against witch hunts before they were for them.