Wednesday marked a high point for the Democrats who want to remove President Trump from office, with Rep. Al Green (D-Tex.) getting a floor vote on his lengthy articles of impeachment. Just 58 Democrats, nearly all from safe blue districts, voted with Green. Reps. Tim Walz (D-Minn.) and Jared Polis (D-Colo.), both candidates for governor from purple states, voted to impeach. In a busy news cycle, with no chance of victory, the impeachment push got headlines.
At the same time, California billionaire and environmentalist Tom Steyer learned that his impeachment TV ad had been taken off Fox News.
Steyer, who has plowed $20 million into TV ads promoting a general effort to impeach Trump, saw the ads taken off Fox last month after — according to the network — viewers complained about them.
Undeterred, Steyer made a second ad, focusing on the tax bill moving through Congress. “They won’t tell you that their so-called tax reform plan is really for the wealthy and big corporations, while hurting the middle class,” Steyer says in the ad.
The ad was supposed to run on Thursday and Friday during “Fox and Friends,” a show that the president frequently watches and comments on in tweets. But on Wednesday, Steyer learned that the ad would not run during the morning show, citing “viewer kickback.” It could, instead, be run during afternoon hours when the network focuses more on straight news.
“Over a quarter of Democrats in Congress voted to move forward with impeachment today — a clear sign that Americans’ voices, including the over 3 million who signed our petition, are starting to be heard,” Steyer said in a statement Wednesday. “As the case mounts against him, Donald Trump and Fox News are trying to censor the voice of the people, but we won’t shut up or back down any time soon.”