In a recent Rolling Stone interview, liberal billionaire Tom Steyer said perhaps a “nuclear war” would turn people against President Donald Trump, and “then we get a real course correction.”
Contributing editor Tim Dickinson barely pushed back, simply saying, “Wow — that’s ... sobering.”
However, Steyer realized he’d gone too far and immediately tried to take it back, but only after defending his own impeach Trump efforts.
“We’re trying to do what’s right. And 2006/2008 didn’t not happen because George W. Bush didn’t get impeached, is what I’m saying. I should be a little bit more tempered: I take back that remark about nuclear war ... ” Steyer said.
The outrageous remark should have made Steyer look terrible, except almost no media paid attention to it. Most liberal news outlets failed to report it. Fox News online, The Hill and several conservative websites wrote on it.
Before the nuclear comments, Dickinson brought up Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s claims that Democrats dealt with Bush by having a majority and “subpoena power,” which in her view “paved a path to Obama and a deeper correction.”
Steyer replied, “I remember 2006. What happened is that George W. Bush, he put us in two disastrous wars and we were headed toward the biggest financial disaster since the Great Depression. So if the answer is that we need those three things to happen for a course correction, I’d prefer to move a little quicker. How about that? But I take your point. Maybe we can have, like, a nuclear war and then we get a real course correction.”
After recanting the nuclear war remark, Steyer disputed Pelosi’s argument saying the “correction happened because the United States got screwed” and because of the “suffering of American citizens.”
“We’re trying to act expeditiously to avoid the suffering of American citizens,” he claimed.
The left-wing magazine published its ”conversation” with Steyer about his “Need to Impeach” campaign on June 29.
Conversation was certainly the right descriptor, since the hardest question he faced was “To play devil’s advocate — unless you’ve got a huge Senate majority (that Democrats seem very unlikely to enjoy), don’t you risk acquittal? Wouldn’t that ‘normalize’ the things Trump has done even more?”