Freshman Democrat from Swing District Calls for Trump’s Impeachment

Rep.
Katie Porter (D-CA) joined the likes of Maxine Waters and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
on Monday when she called
for an impeachment inquiry
into President Donald Trump.

Porter,
who represents California’s 45th Congressional District, posted a
video on social media Monday night laying out her reasoning for supporting
impeachment.

“When
faced with a crisis of this magnitude, I cannot with a clean conscience ignore
my duty to defend the Constitution,” Porter said. “I can’t claim to be
committed to rooting out corruption and putting people over politics and then
not apply those same principles and standards in all of the work I do.”

But
unlike in the case of Waters and Ocasio-Cortez, Porter’s decision to call out
the president is not without risks. She won the Orange County seat in 2018 by
about 4
percentage points
(about 12,000 votes), defeating Rep. Mimi Walters. Prior
to that win, Republicans frequently won this seat by double-digit percentage-point
margins.

On
the presidential side, Clinton carried the district by about 5
points
in 2016, but Romney won it by 12 points in 2012 and McCain by 5
points in 2008.

Porter’s
decision to support impeachment puts her at odds with Speaker Nancy Pelosi
(D-CA), who has been urging her fellow House Democrats to proceed cautiously on
impeachment.

It
also puts her in the minority within her caucus. Just 67 Democrats publicly support
impeachment, per the New
York Times
. That’s less than 30 percent of the caucus and about 15
percent of the entire House, putting her in the extreme minority.

The
only other Democrat from a swing district publicly supporting impeachment is
Rep. Tom Malinowski of New Jersey.

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