Al Franken Warns Democrats On Impeachment: ‘Zealot’ Pence Would Be ‘Worse Than Trump’


Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota has a warning message for fellow Democrats who yearn for President Trump’s impeachment: Be careful what they wish for.
Vice President Mike Pence would move into the Oval Office, and Franken said that would lead to new set of problems.

“He’s ideological, I consider him a zealot,” Franken told International Business Times. “And I think that in terms of a lot of domestic policy, certainly would be worse than Trump.”

He elaborated that while Mr. Pence would probably be a better alternative than Mr. Trump on foreign policy, a serious threat of impeachment could prompt a wag-the-dog scenario.

“If you’re talking about how we handle North Korea or something like that, I’d probably be more comfortable with Pence ultimately making those decisions than Trump, because of Trump’s personality and character,” the Democrat said. “I think that [Mr. Trump] is so outside the norm in his behavior that that actually does concern me, and it concerns me that I don’t know what he will do if he looks like he’s going to be impeached and he wants to deflect. I don’t know what he’s capable of, and that really does concern me.”

Franken, now in his second term, said he was concerned by Trump’s behavior because it’s “so outside the norm,” and said he worried that impeachment could make the president even worse.

“I don’t know what he will do if he looks like he’s going to be impeached and he wants to deflect,” Franken said. “I don’t know what he’s capable of, and that really does concern me.”

Franken, a former writer for “Saturday Night Live,” has largely been critical of the Trump administration. The Minnesota lawmaker is making the interview rounds as he promotes his new book, “Al Franken, Giant of the Senate.”