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Tom Steyer: Everyone in D.C. Thinks I’m an Idiot

“Oh, God, inside the Beltway everybody thinks I’m a low-double-digit IQ,” he told Politico on Sunday.

By NTK Staff | 01.28.2019 @11:00am
Tom Steyer: Everyone in D.C. Thinks I’m an Idiot

After he recently announced he would not seek the presidency himself, billionaire megadonor Tom Steyer has had a singular focus: rally support for impeaching President Donald Trump. The only problem? He can’t find any notable politicians to join him.

“In Washington, D.C., talking to pundits and congresspeople — it’s super lonely,” he told Politico on Sunday. “Oh, God, inside the Beltway everybody thinks I’m a low-double-digit IQ.”

That very well may be the case.

Steyer plans to spend a staggering $40 million in 2019 alone on his impeachment campaign. During the 2018 midterms, Steyer spent $120 million on TV ads and organizing efforts, building a seven-million-person email list. But when asked about what impact that has actually had on removing Trump from office or moving public opinion, few say Steyer has changed anything.

“I don’t know how many millions Tom Steyer has spent on television at this point on the subject of impeachment, but it’s a lot of millions, right? And I don’t sense any moving of the needle because of it,” said Jerry Crawford, an Iowa lawyer and party operative. “It just sounds like more partisan bickering to the public, which essentially has zero tolerance level for that.”

And Democrats, particularly those running for president, have not been moved by his efforts. Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Kamala Harris (D-CA), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) “have all stopped short of calling for impeachment” in recent months.

To them, Steyer has a direct response: “Unless you support impeachment, we’re not supporting you,” he said.

That has many Democrats rolling their eyes and wishing he would return to one of his pet causes, like climate change.

“If I were him, I think we’re at a critical inflection point on climate and he ought to re-engage that important issue,” one Democratic strategist told Politico. “And if he were to do that he would have more relevance on the political debate today, rather than being an outlier on impeachment.”

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