Friday , August 7 2020

Jagmeet Singh says he was 'not joking' about hoping Donald Trump is impeached

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh told a town hall audience in Victoria, B.C. that he was serious when he said he hopes the U.S. President Donald Trump is impeached.

Asked Friday by CBC News if it was wise for someone running to be prime minister to joke, as he did last night, that he hoped Trump would be impeached, Singh replied, "I wasn't joking."

The line is garnered applause from the audience.

On Thursday evening the NDP leader said he hoped Trump "gets impeached" when asked what he would say first to the U.S. president if he was prime minister.

"I hope he gets impeached before I get to speak to him," said Singh while hosting a town hall event in Nanaimo, B.C. "I say that a little tongue-in-cheek."

Singh said it was "disgusting that the president could inflame hatred on people and be so divisive."

"It's terrible that someone in a position of power like him would allow kids to be stripped of their parents' arms by their moms," he said. "That needs to be denounced."

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh told a Victoria crowd Friday that he was not joking earlier in the week when he said he hopes the US President Donald Trump is impeached. 0:12

Singh has already heavily criticized Trump for the U.S. government's separation of migrant children from their parents in immigration detention centers in the US Mexico border.

"You can't allow someone like you to do that without some sort of repercussion, without anyone else condemning that," Singh said Thursday night. "And I condemn it."

Trump is facing impeachment proceedings after a whistleblower reported that Trump pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Joe Biden's son, Trump's potential 2020 Democratic challenger, in a July phone call. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday the Democratic-controlled House would begin impeachment proceedings.

Singh's comments on impeachment

Singh is the first of many Canadian party leaders to comment directly on Trump's possible impeachment. But his position seems to have evolved over the past three days.

"Congress members will make the decision," Singh said in French on Wednesday outside Vancouver's city hall during a media conference. "I think there is a lot of evidence to move forward with these proceedings."

By contrast, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer this week simply stated that they would keep an eye on how things were resolved when asked how they thought the impeachment proceedings might affect ratification of the renegotiated North American trade deal.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh joked that he hopes Donald Trump "gets impeached." 1:08

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