The impasse between Democrats and Republicans over Trump’s request of funds to build a wall along the southern border has no sign to be over soon, and thousands of Trump supporters have their own plans for Pelosi.
Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has become one President Trump’s main adversaries since she assumed the position on January 3, and the two have tested each other’s strength during the last government shutdown.
After reaching a temporary agreement to reopen the government after 35 days in order to negotiate a new deal, both sides claim to have “won,” when in fact the most probable scenario is that another shutdown will come after February 15.
But detractors of Pelosi who consider that she is preventing the president from protecting the country have come with a radical solution to end this conflict: impeaching her.
An official petition was started on the White House website by a group of people asking to impeach Pelosi, accusing her of “treason against the US” for allegedly endangering the country to favor foreign “enemies,” meaning immigrants.
“Illegal aliens are enemies that invade our country with drugs, human trafficking, and terrorist causing death and crime to American citizens,” the petition reads.
“Nancy Pelosi adheres to these enemies by voting for and providing them aid and comfort through Sanctuary policies funded by US citizen tax dollars, and refuses to protect American people by refusing to fund our border wall, leaving our borders open and unsafe,” they added.
“Pelosi refused to meet with Angel families, caused the government shut down then traveled on US dollars to Hawaii and Puerto Rico while 800,000 Fed workers don't get paid, and uninvited Trump for SOTU. IMPEACH Pelosi for treason!”
-M.G., Whitehouse.gov, January 18, 2019.
By January 31, more than 140.000 people had signed the petition, more than the 100.000 needed for the federal government to address it.
But in order for Pelosi to be impeached, two-thirds of the House of Representatives would have to vote against her, and since it is currently ruled by a Democratic majority, this is very unlikely to happen. Nevertheless, we have yet to see how President Trump will use this petition to his advantage, as both he and Pelosi get ready for another standoff in the wake of an upcoming shutdown that seems inevitable.
According to Daily Mail, while most Americans consider that Trump lost the battle on what was the longest shutdown in US history, he came out of it with a larger approval rating than Pelosi.
This data might influence Trump’s determination to keep pressuring Democrats into approving the $5.7 billion he is requesting to build the wall.
On January 28, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders threatened Democrats once again about the possibility of Trump declaring a national emergency that would grant him the funding he needs for security reasons.
“If they don't come back with a deal, that means Democrats get virtually nothing. That will make the president, and force him, to have to take executive action that does not give Democrats the things that they want,” Sanders warned.
Meanwhile, a group of border patrol officers' wives invited Pelosi to follow president Trump's example and pay a visit to the southern border in McCallen, Texas, to learn about what is really happening over there.