Trump calls billionaire funding campaign to impeach him 'wacky and totally unhinged'

Mr Steyer had launched millions in ads calling for Mr Trump's impeachment

Clark Mindock
New York
Friday 27 October 2017 16:48 BST
Mr Steyer has launched ads across the country making the case for impeachment
Mr Steyer has launched ads across the country making the case for impeachment (REUTERS/Gary Cameron/File Photo)

Democratic mega donor Tom Steyer has found himself in the President Donald Trump's cross hairs after launching an ad campaign pushing the case for the commander in chief’s impeachment.

“Wacky & totally unhinged Tom Steyer, who has been fighting me and my Make America Great Again agenda from beginning, never wins elections!” Mr Trump tweeted after the ads blanketed cable news airwaves.

Mr Steyer purchased $10 million worth of advertisements that criticize the President on a range of issues including health care, immigration, and the environment. The ad argues that Mr Trump is receiving exceptional treatment from Republicans in Congress, noting that a Republican Congress impeached President Bill Clinton in the 1990s for less serious behaviour.

The ads were nt contained to cable news, either. Mr Steyer purchased digital ads Thursday night that press House Minority Whit Steny Hoyer, a Democrat from Maryland, to support the impeachment process. Those ads, published on Facebook, encourage Mr Hoyer’s constituents to call their congressman, and to sign a petition urging impeachment.

Some democrats began to call for Mr Trump’s impeachment soon after he was sworn into office. Congressman Al Green was the first member of Congress to bring the idea to the House of Representatives when he made the case during a floor speech in May. Mr Green later formally filed paperwork to begin the process, though it has little chance at the moment of success.

Mr Steyer is an American hedge fund manager, who frequently donates to political causes related to the environment. He was the biggest donor in the 2016 race, contributing more than $91 million to Democratic and liberal causes — more than the second biggest donor of 2016 by nearly $10 million, according to the Centre for Responsive Politics. That second-place donor, casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, contributed more than $82 million to Republican and conservative causes that year.

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