Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang implored Americans to “stop being obsessed over impeachment” at the PBS NewsHour/POLITICO debate Thursday.
Impeachment “unfortunately strikes many Americans like a ball game where you know what the score is going to be,” the businessman said onstage in Los Angeles when asked why a strong majority of the U.S. does not support impeaching President Donald Trump.
“The more we act like Donald Trump is the cause of all our problems, the more Americans lose trust that we can actually see what’s going on in our communities and solve those problems,” he added.
His answer stood in contrast to those of the other six candidates on the debate stage, most of whom focused their responses on painting Wednesday’s impeachment vote as a matter of constitutional defense.
“It was a constitutional necessity for the House to act as it did,” former Vice President Joe Biden replied. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren labeled the impeachment vote “a constitutional moment.”
The House voted Wednesday to approve two articles of impeachment against Trump, making him only the third commander in chief in U.S. history to be impeached. Proceedings head next to the Senate, where lawmakers are expected to hold a trial on whether to remove Trump from office — though Speaker Nancy Pelosi has yet to provide the articles to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a move required to kick-start the process.
Earlier in the week, polls showed Americans as almost evenly split on whether to impeach Trump remove him from office.
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