Billionaire activist Tom Steyer pushed back on Monday after Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D’Alesandro PelosiPelosi, Schumer push back on new Trump demand for wall funding: ‘We hope he learned his lesson’ Five things to watch for in Trump’s 2020 budget Democrats hurting themselves with handling of Ilhan Omar controversy MORE (D-Calif.) said impeaching President TrumpDonald John TrumpButtigieg: ‘I have more years of government experience under my belt’ than Trump Tucker Carlson says he won’t apologize for comments in resurfaced radio interview Buttigieg calls Pence ‘cheerleader for the porn star presidency’ MORE is “just not worth” unless there’s broad bipartisan support because of the division it would cause across the country.
“Speaker Pelosi thinks ‘he’s just not worth it?'” Steyer asked in a statement. “Well, is defending our legal system ‘worth it?’ Is holding the President accountable for his crimes and cover-ups ‘worth it?’ Is doing what’s right ‘worth it?’
“Or shall America just stop fighting for our principles and do what’s politically convenient?”
Steyer has poured millions of dollars into the “Need to Impeach” campaign to remove Trump from office, airing television ads and holding town hall events to pressure Democratic lawmakers over the issue.
“Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country. And he’s just not worth it,” Pelosi told the Post.
Pelosi said that despite her opposition to impeachment at the moment, she does not believe Trump is fit to serve as president.
“Are we talking ethically? Intellectually? Politically? What are we talking here?” she said. “All of the above. No. No. I don’t think he is.”
The issue of impeachment has divided Democrats since they retook control of the House in January.
Some members have already introduced articles of impeachment, and Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibDemocrats hurting themselves with handling of Ilhan Omar controversy Democrats allow anti-Semitism to spread with their weak resolution NY Times columnist on CNN: Omar ‘has come to be a bridge destroyer’ MORE (D-Mich.) said she plans to introduce another measure by the end of the month aimed at ousting the president.
Party leaders, including Pelosi, have largely sought to tamp down the issue, arguing that lawmakers should take a wait-and-see approach as special counsel Robert Mueller and congressional committees conduct ongoing investigations.