Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said President Trump's chances of winning reelection have been "greatly increased" because of the House impeachment.
Gabbard made the surprising move to vote "present" on both articles of impeachment charging Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. She was the only Democratic presidential candidate who was eligible to vote on impeachment.
In a video posted on Twitter, she seemingly explained her position against impeachment, warning that it "will actually increase his support amongst voters and it's going to make him harder to defeat."
"In 2020, we will have a new president in the White House. How many of you do NOT want that to be Donald Trump? I certainly don't," she said. "Unfortunately, the House impeachment of the president has greatly increased the likelihood Trump will remain the president for the next 5 years …"
Gabbard goes on to explain that not only will impeachment help Trump get reelected, but she believes it will increase the chances of Republicans taking over the House of Representatives. This would leave the U.S. Senate and House controlled by Republicans, which she said she is "really concerned" about.
"This is going to be a disaster for our country," she said of that potential
"We need to stand together, work side by side to usher in a bright future, a bright future of peace, genuine equality and human dignity," Gabbard concluded in the video.
This isn't the first time the presidential hopeful has railed against Trump's impeachment. She told ABC News that impeachment will only "embolden" the president and if he is acquitted in his impeachment trial, it could leave “lasting damage” on the country as a whole.