Great America PAC, a political action committee that boosted Donald Trump in 2016 and continues to support the president, is launching a powerful ad exposing Rep. Jerry Nadler’s (D-N.Y.) double standard on impeachment. In an exclusive statement to PJ Media, Great America PAC Chairman Ed Rollins predicted that the Democrats’ decision to impeach Trump may set the stage for a GOP wave election in 2020.
“Public support for impeachment continues to decline because the Democrats have no real case against the president,” Rollins said. “When voters see the ridiculous reversal that leaders like Jerry Nadler have had on impeachment, it will mark the beginning of the end for their credibility and standing with the voters. This Democrat debacle may set the stage for another Republican wave election next year.”
The hard-hitting 30-second ad shows Nadler when Republicans and some Democrats impeached Bill Clinton in 1996 and contrasts his statements back then with his statements this month on the effort to impeach Trump.
“The effect of impeachment is to overturn the popular will of the voters,” the Nadler from 1996 warns. “There must never be a narrowly-voted impeachment or an impeachment supported by one of our political parties and opposed by the other.”
Then comes 2019 Nadler: “I have in the past articulated a three-part test for impeachment. All three parts of that test have been met” by Trump, he argues.
“See the difference?” the voiceover asks. “Donald Trump is president.”
Great America PAC is boosting the ad with a five-figure ad buy, with the option to spend more money later.
As for Nadler’s test, it seems to consist of: impeachable offenses, grave misconduct, and a majority public support for impeachment. The Democrat claimed that Trump committed impeachable offenses by withholding an official White House meeting and military aid allegedly in order “to obtain that private, political advantage” of allegedly politically-motivated investigations. He also insisted that Trump’s alleged misconduct was grave enough to put the country through impeachment, and he noted that a majority of the country and of the House support impeachment.
While the RealClearPolitics polling average shows a slim majority of Americans supported impeaching Trump, the most recent polls are neck-and-neck.
Even if the Trump impeachment fits Nadler’s test — and there are good arguments that Trump did not pressure Ukraine, that he did not withhold the aid in an attempt to force the investigations, and that the investigations are in the interest of the U.S. — the fact that not a single Republican voted for the impeachment inquiry or the articles of impeachment violates Nadler’s 1996 statement that “There must never be a narrowly-voted impeachment or an impeachment supported by one of our political parties and opposed by the other.”
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