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These Are the 2 Democrats Who Voted No

Collin Peterson and Jeff Van Drew went against party in impeachment inquiry
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 31, 2019 1:24 PM CDT

(Newser) – Why are a bunch of people tweeting about #2dems? Because two Democrats voted against the House impeachment inquiry, and they're coming under fire for their "nay" votes. Reps. Collin Peterson (Minn.) and Jefferson Van Drew (NJ), both moderates who represent swing districts Trump won in 2016, voted no on the resolution, per the Hill. All House Republicans also voted no; Justin Amash, who left the GOP and is now an independent, voted yes. The #2dems' comments after the vote, and more, below:

  • Peterson: "I have some serious concerns with the way the closed-door depositions were run, and am skeptical that we will have a process that is open, transparent and fair. Today’s vote is both unnecessary, and widely misrepresented in the media and by Republicans as a vote on impeachment. I will not make a decision on impeachment until all the facts have been presented." He also called it a "mistake" to move forward on the impeachment inquiry without support from Senate Republicans.
  • Van Drew: "Without bipartisan support, I believe this inquiry will further divide the country, tearing it apart at the seams and will ultimately fail in the Senate. However, now that the vote has taken place and we are moving forward I will be making a judgement call based on all the evidence presented by these investigations."

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  • Who are they? Heavy reports Peterson's district, the largest in Minnesota (a state Hillary Clinton ultimately carried), went for Trump by more than 30 points in 2016. He's represented it since 1991. "No other Democrat holds a district that voted for Trump by nearly that amount," a pundit said last year, calling Peterson "a true anomaly." Van Drew, on the other hand, is a freshman who flipped a Republican-held seat last year. The district he now represents went for Trump by a lesser margin in 2016, 50.6% to 46%.
  • Reaction: While many on Twitter were calling for voters to "vote them out," others supported Peterson and Van Drew. "Not surprised about the #2Dems. That's the Democratic party," reads one sample reaction. "They disagree and debate. That's how good democracy works. Troublesome that there's no #2Reps or more. They stay in lockstep behind their party, at all costs. And that's not good or healthy democracy."
  • Meanwhile, a Pelosi quote making waves: As representatives debated the resolution, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy noted that in March of this year, Nancy Pelosi claimed she would only move forward with impeachment if there was bipartisan support. “What has changed since those words have been spoken?” McCarthy asked, per the Washington Post.
  • And a little bit of Ann Coulter confusion: Responding to someone who complained that Tulsi Gabbard voted yes for the resolution, conservative pundit Ann Coulter replied, "No she didn't. Tulsi is a SENATOR, meaning she's in the SENATE and doesn't vote on HOUSE resolutions." Gabbard, a 2020 presidential candidate, actually is in the House, not the Senate, as others were quick to point out.
(Read more Trump impeachment stories.)

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