House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., says she’s opposed to impeaching President Donald Trump because it’s “divisive to the country” and “he’s just not worth it,” The Washington Post reported Monday.
In a wide-ranging Q&A with the Post, the veteran lawmaker dropped the bombshell on the Post’s Joe Heim, saying: “I’m going to give you some news right now because I haven’t said this to any press person before.”
“I’m not for impeachment,” she said.
“But since you asked, and I’ve been thinking about this: 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,” she added.
“And he’s just not worth it.”
Besides being the first time she’s taken impeachment off the table — she’s previously said it was premature to consider it — her assertion comes as special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation appears to be drawing to a close.
Pelosi also told the Post that Trump has “been a great organizer for Democrats, a great fundraiser for Democrats and a great mobilizer at the grass-roots level for Democrats.”
“And I think that’s good for America,” she said.
She added, however: “I don’t think he’s fit to be president of the United States.”
“And that’s up to us to make the contrast to show that this president — while he may be appealing to you on your insecurity and therefore your xenophobia, whether it’s globalization or immigrants — is fighting clean air for your children to breathe, clean water for them to drink, food safety, every good thing that we should be doing that people can’t do for themselves."
“All the challenges we have faced, we can withstand anything,” Pelosi said of the United States. “But maybe not two [Trump] terms. So we have to make sure that doesn’t happen."