Tom Steyer, a billionaire influencer and donor from the left, said in an interview with “Rolling Stone” magazine this week that “nuclear war” could provide a “course correction” for the United States in the wake of the Trump presidency.
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) June 29, 2018
In the midst of the discussion “Rolling Stone’s” Tim Dickinson, they discussed the Democrat’s refusal to impeach George W. Bush in 2006. Dickinson said that helped the Democrats take back both chambers of Congress that year, and it paved the way for Barack Obama’s two-term presidency.
Steyer countered the argument by saying that keeping Bush in office meant the U.S. had to endure wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the Great Recession of 2007-09.
“…(I)f the answer is that we need those three things to happen for a course correction, I’d prefer to move a little quicker,” Steyer says … But I take your point. Maybe we can have, like, a nuclear war and then we get a real course correction.”
Awakened to Explosive Comments
Steyer must have quickly awakened to how “explosive” his comments were. “I should be a little bit more tempered,” Steyer said. “I take back that remark about nuclear war. The correction happened because the United States got screwed, and American citizens lost their houses and American citizens lost their lives – and, by the way, there was a terrible climate-related crisis, New Orleans, that the president [Bush] fumbled.”
Steyer, who is 61, is from New York but now lives in California. He is known for his multimillion-dollar effort to have Trump impeached. But not all Democrats are on board. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has suggested impeachment could harm Democrats’ future electoral prospects.
He has reportedly pledged $40 million for his “Need to Impeach” campaign since launching it last October.
What do you think about this slip of the tongue from Steyer suggesting nuclear war as a course correction?