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Freshman Democrat from Swing District Calls for Trump’s Impeachment

Katie Porter won her seat in 2018 by a relatively close margin, but that didn’t stop her from taking an extreme position on impeachment.

By NTK Staff | 06.18.2019 @11:30am
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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