Billionaire activist claims Democratic establishment sweeping Trump offenses 'under the rug'

Billionaire activist Tom Steyer won’t call it a litmus test.

“The American people are supposed to be running this country…If that’s inconvenient, if that disturbs people’s plans, then so be it,” Steyer said on ABC News’ “Powerhouse Politics” podcast.

“Sitting Republican senators in the past month have said much harsher things about this president than we’ve ever said," he said. "We’re just giving the American people a chance to voice their opinion that something should be done about it and it shouldn’t just be swept under the rug and pretend it’s not happening."

“I say to people ‘He is robbing the liquor store in plain daylight’,” Steyer tells ABC News. “He’s definitely met the criteria and he is a threat to the American people. The question is why aren’t people willing to stand up and say that? I don’t understand it."

The eight-figure ad buy is aimed at drumming up support for a petition that so far 1.9 million people have signed, according to a Steyer spokesperson. Fox News Channel has said it will no longer air the ad after negative viewer reaction, including a tweet from Trump himself calling Steyer “wacky” and “totally unhinged”.

Steyer to Trump: "Excuse me?"

Trump’s tweet criticizing Steyer on October 27 claims Steyer has “been fighting me and my Make American Great Again agenda from beginning” and “never wins elections!”

Steyer points to Tuesday's Democratic gains in Virginia and New Jersey as evidence Trump was wrong.

“I would say ‘excuse me?’” Steyer said. “He got resoundingly put down. We had a great night.” Steyer said the election results were a validation of his call to impeach Trump and a repudiation of the idea it should be swept under the rug.

2018 Game Plan? Steyer says it's not "rocket science"

Steyer says the Trump administration will be on the ballot in 2018, but Democrats also need to have a positive vision to counter Trumpism.

“The simplest way to think about it is: in the 21st century, if this country is going to succeed, than the people of this country have to succeed," he said. "And we have to invest in the people -- whether its education or healthcare or training or food for kids in school. If you look at the Trump budget, he cuts every part of that.”

Steyer’s ad campaign could boost his profile if he were to run for office himself.

“My question is what can I do to make a difference?” Steyer said. “I think we’re in a political crisis.”