By Jack Phillips
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Sunday suggested that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) could lose her majority in the House in 2020 as vulnerable Democrats in districts carried by President Donald Trump could be in trouble as she pushes ahead with the impeachment inquiry.
“If you’re one of those 31 Democrats, you’re a little afraid with just hearing what Nancy Pelosi just did [in] putting out this timeline for articles of impeachment. She just gave up your job,” McCarthy (R-Calif.) told Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures.”
He noted polls that showed 54 percent of respondents in those districts said they were “more likely to vote against” a member of Congress who supports impeachment. “And they already have,” McCarthy added.
“Those 31 Democrats … I think they may be a one-termer,” he said.
Less than one year away from the 2020 election, McCarthy said that Democrats aren’t listening to their constituents in making their decisions on impeachment.
McCarthy said that as Democrats in the House Judiciary Committee were holding hearings last week, more Americans searched “Peloton” than “impeachment” on Google. Peloton is a company that has drawn criticism over a recent Christmas-related commercial.
The Trump campaign has highlighted the vulnerability impeachment poses to Rep. Kendra Horn (D-Okla.), who, according to a poll, is at a serious risk of losing her seat in 2020.
President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign manager, Brad Parscale, wrote that Pelosi “is marching members of her caucus off the plank and into the abyss. Impeachment is killing her freshman members and polling proves it.”
He noted that in Horn’s district, a majority disagree with impeachment and want her to focus on improving the country.
The poll, from Republican pollster Anthony Fabrizio, found that 49 percent of Oklahomans in her district are looking for a new member of Congress. Only 37 percent said she should be reelected.
Parscale added that there will be “more to come on other members soon,” referring to vulnerable Democrats. “Say goodbye to your majority, Nancy!” he wrote on Twitter.
Pelosi last week said House Democrats would seek to draft articles of impeachment against Trump.
“I am reserving judgment until I have all the facts and until I have reviewed any articles to be brought before the House of Representatives for a vote,” Horn said in a statement on Thursday, reported the Oklahoman. “I approach every vote and issue with the thoughtfulness, deliberation, and fairness that Oklahomans deserve.”
Horn voted “yes” on an Oct. 31 House measure that established the procedures for the impeachment inquiry, including weeks of public hearings on whether Trump abused his office.
All 197 Republicans and two Democrats voted against the measure.