With the impeachment of President Trump looking increasingly likely every day, New York Republicans are mobilizing to help.
In Washington, the impeachment of President Donald Trump has inched forward every day as witness after witness alleges he and his allies sought a foreign government's investigation of Democrats. Back in New York, GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy has traveled the state to push back.
“First it’s the Mueller report,” said Langworthy. “Then it was Russia and Ukraine. They knew what they wanted to do, which is impeach the president.”
Langworthy over the last month has held rallies outside of the district offices of House Democrats who have advanced the impeachment inquiry in Congress. On Monday, Langworthy was in Albany and it was Democratic Congressman Paul Tonko's turn.
“We have elections in this country. We don't have coup d’états,” said Langworthy.
Tonko's office in response said the lawmaker has been focused on a variety of issues facing the district. But Democrats aren't the only ones in the focus of impeachment. Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has also seen her profile rise across the country has a prominent defender of the president.
“She finds herself on the committee that's there, front and center. We've known for a long time that Elise Stefanik was a star and now the whole country knows that she's a star,” Langworthy said.
But, could this back fire on Republicans? Trump remains deeply unpopular in New York and a Siena College poll last week found a majority of voters continue to favor impeaching and removing the president, though that number has fallen among independent voters in recent weeks.
“We're going to be out there fighting for him every single day between now and Election Day making sure he's re-elected,” said Langworthy. “We're going to make sure we're doing everything we can to get him re-elected, but I'm sure he's got our back, too.”
Trump last year played a major role in some House races in New York, endorsing in key battleground districts.