As the House makes its final preparations to vote on formal articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Wednesday, another swing district Democrat has announced that they’re planning to vote in favor. That Congressperson — New York’s Rep. Anthony Brindisi — was one of some 40 Democrats newly elected to Congress in the 2018 blue wave after beating out the Republican incumbent by a slim margin of around one percent in a district that Trump himself won in 2016 by a large margin of 15 percent. That didn’t stop Brindisi, who has now made a public explanation for his planned vote.
In light of the recent Republican victories in his district, Syracuse.com identifies Brindisi as one of the Democrats who were previously considered most likely to break with the overwhelming majority of Democrats on impeachment — but that’s not happening.
He told the website:
‘The fact this president withheld aid from Ukraine for his own political gain is very troubling. In fact, I think it’s unconstitutional… President Trump is my president, too. I always said I would work with him, but that I would put our country first and stand up for what I believe in… I know some people will be upset with me, but I was elected to do what was right, not what’s good for me politically… It’s just the failure of the president to follow the rule of law. The rule of law is what holds this country together. When you’re putting national security at risk in exchange for personal gain, that’s a problem.’
The publication adds:
‘Brindisi said his decision caused him “great pain” because he worked with Trump and his administration on issues ranging from trade to national security. He visited the White House twice this year for private meetings with Trump and Vice President Mike Pence to discuss some of those issues.’
No matter this history with the Trump administration, he is apparently proceeding with his vote in favor of impeachment. That decision is in stark contrast to the one made by New Jersey’s Jeff Van Drew. In addition to also meeting with the president — although his face-to-face chats were apparently about impeachment-related issues — not only has the New Jersey Congressman announced his intent to vote against impeachment, he has also indicated plans to switch his party registration from Democrat to Republican. He had previously established conservative viewpoints on issues like gun control, and he had also previously expressed public opposition to the impeachment process.
Not a single Republican House member has indicated any support for the impeachment process, no matter the public evidence that has been collected implicating the president in a plot to get dirt from Ukraine on his Democratic rivals.
Meanwhile, Trump keeps insisting that he’s completely innocent and there’s nothing at all to the case against him. This Tuesday morning, he tweeted that “Impeachment Poll numbers are starting to drop like a rock now that people are understanding better what this whole Democrat Scam is all about!” but that’s not true. Americans remain about evenly split on impeachment overall, with a slightly larger portion in favor of the process.