On Tuesday, Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) told quite the whopper by claiming Republicans have been spreading a “weird conspiracy theory” that Democrats wanted to impeach Donald Trump since he was inaugurated.
“What I found astounding was they’re still saying that we were out to get the president from day one, some sort of a weird conspiracy theory that I have to say, even [Supreme Court Justice Brett] Kavanaugh brought up,” Hirono said on MSNBC.
Brett Kavanaugh infamously blamed Trump-hatred for the smear campaign against him during his confirmation hearings. “This whole two-week effort has been a calculated and orchestrated political hit, fueled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election,” Kavanaugh said. “Fear that has been unfairly stoked about my judicial record, revenge on behalf of the Clintons, and millions of dollars in money from outside, left-wing opposition groups.”
For Mazie Hirono to claim Democrats haven’t been out to get Trump from the earliest days of his presidency is just bizarre, especially given the evidence.
Rep. Maxine Waters has long called for Trump’s impeachment. Within weeks of his taking office, Waters was talking about impeachment.
On February 3, 2017, Waters was asked about what to expect from Trump over the next four years. “Well, I hope he’s not there for four years,” she said right off the bat. “My greatest desire is to lead him right into impeachment.”
— Cheddar🧀 (@cheddar) February 3, 2017
This wasn’t an isolated comment, either. A couple of days later, Waters said, “When I’ve talked about leading him to impeachment what I’m really saying is he has done enough in a short period of time for questions to be raised about whether or not he’s acting in the best interest of this country.”
— Maxine Waters (@RepMaxineWaters) February 6, 2017
Maxine Waters’ obsession with impeachment continued.
The President is a liar, his actions are contemptible, & I'm going to fight everyday until he's impeached.
— Maxine Waters (@RepMaxineWaters) April 18, 2017
On Tax Day 2017, Maxine Waters led a chant at a rally calling for Trump to be impeached. Not for any crime, but because “he’s not working in the best interests of the American people,” which is really to say, “I don’t like his policies.”
What about other Democrats? I’m glad you asked. In May 2017, Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) was also already on the impeachment bandwagon.
Impeachment will happen if handful of Republicans in Congress join Dems to put country above party. Or in 2019 after Dems win the House. https://t.co/g9U67QY2gg
— Rep. Jared Huffman (@JaredHuffman) May 12, 2017
In 2017, articles of impeachment were introduced in the House on two separate occasions. The first time was in July, just six months after Trump took office, by Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) and Rep. Al Green (D-Texas). The second time was in November, with articles of impeachment introduced by Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.).
The push for impeachment absolutely began right away, and continued almost non-stop. Hirono dismissing this as a conspiracy tells you she knows that her party’s longtime obsession with impeachment undermines the legitimacy of their current efforts.
Matt Margolis is the author of Trumping Obama: How President Trump Saved Us From Barack Obama’s Legacy and the bestselling book The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama. You can follow Matt on Twitter @MattMargolis