A billionaire Democratic donor has built a growing army of grass-roots activists to call for impeachment of US President Donald Trump in a digital petition, an issue that may be part of the Democratic mainstream in the 2018 elections.
The Need To Impeach petition has so far been signed by some three million people and is tapped as a key asset in the upcoming 2018 Democratic campaigns for mid-term elections that could in part give Democrats majority in the US Congress, Politico reported Wednesday.
“That’s how you build a grass-roots operation for a presidential campaign. And if you are that guy who started this, that’s certainly a leg up in organizing a 50-state strategy,” said Mike Madrid, a Republican consultant in California who is advising former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a Democrat, in his gubernatorial campaign. “That’s what he’s building, and it’s probably second only to Bernie Sanders’ list, and may be eclipsing it. Every election cycle has its own dynamics, and whoever is tapping into the sentiments of their own base usually has an advantage.”
Tom Steyer, a philanthropist and environmental activist, was viewed with skepticism as he launched the digital petition two months ago.
“We have tapped into something much larger than we thought,’’ he said in a recent interview.
Experts say the petition could serve as a campaign goal for those running in next year’s midterms, which serve as the first nationwide referendum on Trump’s presidency.
“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. Sign on now,” reads the petition on its website.
Forty-one percent of Americans back Trump’s impeachment, according to a recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, a higher percentage than the one supporting the billionaire in the 2020 election.