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Rep. Tlaib Falls into the Impeachment Trap with 10 Million-Strong Petition Delivered to Congress

Rep. Tlaib Falls into the Impeachment Trap with 10 Million-Strong Petition Delivered to Congress
Rep.-elect Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, is shown on the house floor before being sworn into the 116th Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

While speaking to CNN’s Erin Burnett, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) once again displayed her obsession with impeaching President Trump. If she’s not careful, she may end up serving the 2020 election up on a silver platter to the president.

Early in 2017, I asked a friend who knows Donald Trump if the president was playing a long-con on leftists. From what I was seeing, it appeared that President Trump had leftists so wrapped up with what he was doing with his one hand that they completely forgot he had another hand. While they worked themselves into breathless tizzies over unsubstantial things like his tweets, he was allowed a nearly clear playing field to pursue his agenda. My friend responded, “Maybe. I don’t know if we’ll ever know for sure, though.”

Well, considering that many Democrats continue to lust after the possibility of impeaching the president, it seems plausible to conclude that Trump lives rent-free in leftists’ heads. They’re too busy slobbering over impeaching President Trump to get any real work done. Rep. Tlaib is apparently one leftist who has grabbed onto the possibility of impeachment and appears to be unwilling to let go and actually do her job. After a petition flogged into life by MoveOn and trumpeted by Tlaib reached over 10 million signatures demanding that Congress impeach the president, Tlaib made an appearance on CNN in which she attempted to shame her fellow leftists into taking their eyes off the ball of actually doing their jobs.

Tlaib is not happy that many Democrats are refusing to take the bait of focusing on the quixotic task of impeaching President Trump. She complained to Burnett about Rep. Nadler (D-N.Y.) and others, saying, “When I look back at this moment in our country, this remarkable moment in our country, I want to look back and say that I did something. Right now, doing nothing is not an option, and ten million people just told us, do something.”

To be fair to Tlaib, as Mediaite points out, “Anchor Erin Burnett really wanted Tlaib to burn fellow Democrats not yet on board for immediate impeachment, but Tlaib was careful to only imply that they’re on the wrong side of history, rather than saying it in a quotable sound bite.”

To be sure, Burnett was the one pushing the narrative that Democrats who aren’t willing to pursue impeachment should be brought into line, but Rep. Tlaib demonstrated that she agreed, even if she didn’t frame “it in a quotable sound bite.” Her insistence that Congress bow to the will of those who signed the petition demonstrates her priorities and her belief that other Democrats should have the same priority. The thing is, Tlaib’s obsession with President Trump may be playing right into his hands.