By: Michael Mandarino, Follow South Jersey Managing Editor
SOUTH JERSEY — On Sunday, Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-2) appeared on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” to discuss a number of topics, including a second impeachment of President Donald Trump and the reasons why he switched his political allegiance to the Republican party.
President Trump incited and supported last Wednesday’s insurrection at the U.S. Capitol that left five people dead, including New Jersey native and U.S. Capitol police officer Brian Sicknick, during a “Stop the Steal” rally in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday morning. However, Rep. Van Drew called the idea of a second impeachment “unbelievable” and called on President-Elect Joe Biden to step in.
“It’s unbelievable. You know, I’m calling on the President-Elect, Joe Biden, to say ‘enough,'” Rep. Van Drew said. “Let’s try to come together. This is going to be difficult, because the philosophy of the new Democrats is very, very pro-left and very progressive, but still, there are some things in some areas I know we can work together. The way to do that is not to call for another impeachment. It’s a waste of money, a waste of time.”
Rep. Van Drew, who won reelection by defeating Democratic challenger Amy Kennedy in November, believes that a second impeachment process would create more division among Americans. However, the Congressman’s apparent implication that a second impeachment would be pointless is off-base.
Although President Trump will not be in office by the end of next week, an impeachment would have significant implications on his future — including the loss of privileges like having a full secret service detail for life and a pension from the White House. A second impeachment’s most consequential ramification could, however, be blocking President Trump from running for office again in 2024.
Throughout the interview, Rep. Van Drew didn’t direct any criticism at President Trump for his role in Wednesday’s insurrection. He, in fact, hasn’t criticized President Trump harshly at all since Wednesday’s events, but he did condemn the rioters themselves in a statement for using violence to break into the U.S. Capitol. Rep. Van Drew did call on the President to speak publicly as the riots were well underway on Wednesday. This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, as the Congressman declared his “undying support” for President Trump when he switched his party affiliation in late 2019.
Later in the segment, Rep. Van Drew was asked about the most important policies for the American people as the country transitions to a Biden administration. His response focused on ensuring the security of elections and backtracking on his desire to overturn President-Elect Joe Biden’s victory once proceedings resumed following Wednesday’s insurrection.
“One thing that’s important right off the bat is election integrity. We need to know that, when you vote, that your vote counts, and if it’s a vote that shouldn’t count, it doesn’t,” Rep. Van Drew said. “And real quickly, just to go over: My purpose wasn’t to overturn an election. My purpose in this whole thing is to find out why we didn’t need signature verification anymore. Why didn’t we need to have meetings of state legislature to approve changes in the way that we actually voted? … Why are we doing things in elections that we never did before that obviously are not the rule of law?”
Rep. Van Drew also included a claim about New York’s election results not being fully confirmed yet because ballots are still being found. However, all of the state’s election results were certified on December 3.
The Congressman begun the interview by sharing additional insight into why he switched his political affiliation in late 2019. Rep. Van Drew was elected to his seat as a Democrat, but he switched parties because he didn’t support President Trump’s first impeachment.
“I would speak to groups about Americanism and American exceptionalism and how we could do more and how we can be better and lead the free world and we must always take care of our people,” Rep. Van Drew said. “But then I would have Democrats come to me and say ‘we’re not the best country in the world, we aren’t the leaders of the world, we can’t really help our people that much, we should literally be more worried about people in other places in the world other than the United States.’ I really wondered what the party represented.
“And as I said at the [Republican National] convention, be true to yourself, not to a party that once was and is no more — and that’s the Democratic party.”
You can watch Rep. Van Drew’s full interview, which was conducted alongside Rep. Vernon Jones (R-GA), here.
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