Which means that moving to impeach him would be not just "divisive to the country", as she says, but also bad for Democrats - since it would show them as unable to resist the most demented demands of their base.
"He's just not worth it".
Pelosi has long resisted calls to impeach the president, saying it's a divisive issue that should only be broached with "great care". It's not an honor to bestow.
"This president - while he may be appealing to you on your insecurity and therefore your xenophobia, whether it's globalization or immigrants - is fighting clean air for your children to breathe, clean water for them to drink, food safety, every good thing that we should be doing that people can't do for themselves", she said.
'But maybe not two terms. "So we have to make sure that doesn't happen". Some Democrats fear that, by engaging in the fight, the party would be damaged by the backlash.
According to FiveThirtyEight, nearly 41 per cent of Americans approve of Mr Trump's work in the White House. This includes, most prominently, Trump's clear complicity in the Russian effort to interfere in the 2016 election. "So the legal case should indeed be compelling, the evidence should be overwhelming and the politics should be bipartisan". But much of what it contains may already be public knowledge, and with Pelosi's comments about the impeachable nature of what is already known, the conclusion of the report may be undermined.
Sherman said that the multiple Democratic investigations of Trump might be a substitute for impeachment, "it's also possible it will be a prelude". And, of course, there's the Southern District of New York's allegation that Trump's former attorney, Michael Cohen, committed criminal campaign finance violations by covering up hush money payments to women who said the had affairs with him.
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"If they're going to win in 2020 it'll have to be that approach again".
Since the 116th Congress was seated in January, Pelosi and the rest of the Democratic leadership have been advising the impeachment-hungry freshmen to "wait and see" what the special counsel turns up; with zero evidence of the promised "Russian collusion" nearly two years in, and only a third of Americans backing the idea of impeachment, Pelosi knows not to bet on a losing horse.
Steyer released a statement later Monday condemning Pelosi's comments in the Post interview, though he only focused on one part of her quote.
As recently as January, Pelosi swatted down impeachment questions, saying the bar needed to be very high for any sort of consideration of impeachment.
"So enacting impeachment in the House would be a purely symbolic gesture."
Aides have indicated he is prepared to spend $40 million backing the impeachment effort.
Look no further than Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, one of the new wave of progressive Democrats that were swept into power at the 2018 midterms, who left no doubt where the priorities of her wing of the party lie. She says she's against impeachment.
But Dr Smith says he believes Ms Peolsi's comments are more than just a political play. She could argue that the Senate would thwart any attempt to remove him from office and so Trump should resign instead.