Joe Scarborough said Democrats talking about impeachment need to slow down and take a breath in commentary given on Wednesday’s Morning Joe.
“I think the problem is when you talk about an impeachment or removal of a president, you’re talking about nullifying an election,” Sen. Angus King (I-ME), a guest on today’s show, said.
King said the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson was about one party trying to get rid of a president of another party “because they didn’t like his politics.”
“It’s funny you brought that up,” Scarborough responded. “Andrew Johnson was impeached just because the Democrats didn’t like him, didn’t like his policy.”
From today’s Morning Joe:
JOE SCARBOROUGH, MSNBC HOST: And I’m sure you’d agree with me, Senator King, that when people do talk about impeachment already, and they don’t slow down and take a deep breath, because a lot of people are — a lot of respected people across the political spectrum have started using the word impeachment. Doesn’t that, at the end, just play into the narrative that Donald Trump and his supporters would want? Which is the media and the political establishment is overreacting and hyperventilating and being too aggressive in charges against Trump?
KING: I think that’s right. And I think the problem is when you talk about an impeachment or removal of a president, you’re talking about nullifying an election. And that’s something that, as I say, it’s never happened. We’ve had two presidents impeached by the House. One resigned, one was acquitted in the Senate.
This is not something to be done lightly. It’s not the way our system is supposed to work. I’ve done a lot of research on — years ago on the Andrew Johnson impeachment. That was a pivotal moment in our history because it was one party trying to get rid of the president of another party fundamentally because they didn’t like his politics. That cannot happen. We cannot allow that to happen. We’ve got to focus on whether there was some kind of crime committed.
SCARBOROUGH: It’s funny you brought that up, because I had somebody talking to me about impeachment a couple days ago, again talking about a legal standard. And I said to him the exact thing. I said Andrew Johnson was impeached just because the Democrats didn’t like him, didn’t like his policy.
So I think you’re right. I think we do need to slow down. And you’re in a unique position. You’ve served as a Democrat in the past but you’re an Independent from a state that was literally split right down the middle between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race.