Impeaching Trump will galvanize Dems: Tom Steyer on Powerhouse Politics

The billionaire activist denies he's trying to nullify Trump's election

ByAvery Miller
May 15, 2018, 12:00 PM

Despite the skeptics, billionaire activist Tom Steyer has no doubts: promoting the impeachment of President Donald Trump will galvanize Democratic voters to the midterm polls.

“Are we actually going to do what the writers of the Constitution, the Founders of our country gave us to do if we have a reckless and lawless president? Or are we going to try and slip it under the rug and pretend it's not happening?,” Steyer told ABC News's Chief White House Correspondent Jon Karl and Political Director Rick Klein on the Powerhouse Politics podcast that was also streamed live.

Steyer is putting his money where his mouth is. In 2013, Steyer, who is a billionaire hedge fund manager, founded a non-profit called “Next Gen America,” an organization focusing on health care, climate change, immigration, and education.

Last year, he added “Need to Impeach," a partisan movement dedicated to trying to expel President Donald Trump from office. Steyer has spent at least $40 million for “Need to Impeach” and an additional $30 million to get millennials into voting booths in November. Just over five million people have signed the “Need to Impeach” petition, calling on Congress to impeach President Trump. The petition says “Donald Trump has brought us to the brink of nuclear war, obstructed justice, and taken money from foreign governments. We need to impeach this dangerous president.”

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