After not voting to impeach President Donald Trump because of its partisan nature – merely voting "present" – Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, said the Democrats' doomed effort is merely going to strengthen Trump and his base in the 2020 election.
Gabbard tweeted out a video, calling for unity in the campaign against Trump, while rejecting impeachment as doomed to fail in the Senate:
"In 2020, we will have a new president in the White House. How many of you do NOT want that to be Donald Trump? I certainly don't. Unfortunately, the House impeachment of the president has greatly increased the likelihood Trump will remain the president for the next 5 years …
Her tweet included a video message that continued from the quote in the tweet:
"Now, first we all know that Trump is not going to be found guilty and removed from office by the U.S. Senate. It's not going to happen.
"Second, the impeachment in my view will actually increase his support among voters, and it's going to make him harder to defeat.
"Furthermore, the House impeachment has increased the likelihood that Republicans will take over the House of Representatives. I'm really concerned about that because of this House impeachment, we will end up not only with Donald Trump as president from 2020 to 2024, we'll actually end up with a Republican-controlled Senate and a Republican-controlled House.
"This is going to be a disaster for our country."
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