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Steyer: Two-Thirds of Impeach Trump Petitioners Don't Vote

Steyer: Two-Thirds of Impeach Trump Petitioners Don't Vote

Billionaire hedge fund manager and philanthropist Tom Steyer speaks during a press conference at the National Press Club December 6, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 05 June 2018 11:12 AM

Billionaire Tom Steyer said Tuesday morning on "MSNBC Live with Hallie Jackson" that two-thirds of those who support efforts to impeach President Donald Trump don't vote.

Steyer, who has led the charge for impeaching Trump as a private citizen by spending millions of his own money with television ads, told Jackson that even though that many rallying around impeachment don't vote, he believes the issue could mobilize them.

The former hedge fund executive appeared unswayed by Jackson telling him that a recent CBS News poll found that 40 percent of Americans would be less likely to pick a candidate who supports impeachment.

"What we see in the over 5.5 million people who signed our petition is about two-thirds of them don't vote." Steyer told Jackson. "If they, in fact, go to the polls, that's about 10,000 people per congressional district who normally don't show up.

"So, what you're saying to me is, look out, you're going to encourage Republicans to vote by pushing for impeachment. But what we know is Democrats want impeachment and it's a spur for them to go to the polls," Steyer continued.

Steyer said on the program that, in California, he believes people are intensely against the Trump administration for a host of reasons, and those issues will bring them to the ballot box.

"We believe in healthcare for all," Steyer said. "We don't like any administration that tries to take healthcare away from people. We don't like an administration that doesn't believe in racial justice that works against racial justice.

"We don't like an administration that's against clean energy. So, in California you're seeing people fired up against an administration that they profoundly disagree with," he added.

A recent poll by National Public Radio, PBC NewsHour and Marist found that 47 percent of voters would definitely vote against a candidate who wanted to remove Trump from office, while only 42 percent would definitely vote for a candidate who would make such a promise.

Among ever important independent voters, 47 also say they would vote against candidates favoring impeachment, NPR noted.

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Billionaire Tom Steyer said Tuesday morning on "MSNBC Live with Hallie Jackson" that two-thirds of those who support efforts to impeach President Donald Trump don't vote.
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