President Reagan's Son Weighs In On Impeachment Hearings

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November 18, 2019 - 10:32 am
Michael Reagan introduces a tribute to his father, former U.S. President Ronald Reagan, on night three of the Republican National Convention September 1, 2004 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

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With the impeachment hearings on President Donald Trump’s conduct with Ukraine roiling Capitol Hill, a son of former President Ronald Reagan predicts the strategy may backfire for House Democrats in next year's election. 

Michael Reagan, who is a columnist and commentator, told KCBS Radio in an interview that Democrats face an uphill battle in the general election, because Trump’s base will vote.

“They’re not going anywhere,” said Reagan of Trump’s voter base. “They’re all going to vote in 2020. All of them are going to vote.”

The hearings stem from a whistleblower complaint that Trump attempted to leverage military aid to Ukraine in exchange for the country to launch a corruption investigations into Hunter Biden, son of former Vice President Joe Biden and claims that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election on behalf of Democrats. The younger Biden occupied a seat on the board of Ukrainian energy giant, Burisma with little industry experience for five years.

Democrats allege that Trump was trying to get the aid of a foreign government to undermine a rival presidential candidate and thus, gain an advantage in the election. 

Trump's supporters are unlikely to be swayed by the evidence gathered so far in the impeachment inquiry while other issues are far more important to them, Reagan said to KCBS Radio. 

“Most people are sitting around saying ‘What about my healthcare? What about immigration reform?’ and talking about issues they talk about at the dinner table,” said Reagan.

Reagan said that there's no legitimate justification to remove Trump from office, yet Democrats may press ahead and attempt to do so, because it's important to their base of voters. 

“You can’t just impeach somebody because you don’t like them. There has to be a crime. What is the crime? What is the impeachable offense? Nobody has an answer to what is the impeachable offense,” said Reagan. “I think it would be the end of a lot of careers on the Democratic side — a lot of careers.”

Rep. Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, who is leading the impeachment hearings and other Democrats have recently suggested that Trump abused his power and may have committed bribery by dangling the military aid to Ukraine in exchange for the investigations. 

To insure his political survival, Trump should avoid to the limelight and let the impeachment process take its course, Reagan concluded. 

“Don’t you become part of the issue of the day,” said Reagan, referring to the president. “Let it just work the way it’s working with the House and with the Republicans; let them do their jobs and you stay home and shut up.”

Reporting by Dan Mitchinson