Billionaire investor and Democratic backer Tom Steyer has gathered more than one million signatures to impeach US President Donald Trump in just ten days since he started the campaign, a report shows.
According to the report published in Axiod on Tuesday, Steyer has been promoting the campaign through advertisements and letters to lawmakers, and the petition has been signed 1,119,720 times.
Earlier this month, Steyer began calling for impeachment of Trump by writing letters to Democrats on Capitol Hill and to mayors and governors nationwide. In those letters, he has called on officials to publicize their stances on impeaching the president, saying they “have a duty to speak out.”
His multimillion dollar ad campaign slams Trump’s actions on health care, immigration and the environment.
Trump responded to Steyer’s calls for impeachment on Twitter, calling him “wacky” and “unhinged.”
Steyer started the “Need to Impeach” initiative on October 20th with an advertisement calling on Americans to pressure their members of Congress to vote the president out of office.
“He’s brought us to the brink of nuclear war, obstructed justice at the FBI, and in direct violation of the Constitution, he’s taken money from foreign governments and threatened to shut down news organizations that report the truth,” Steyer said in his campaign video then.
Democrat Congressman Brad Sherman also formally introduced an article of impeachment against Trump in July, accusing the president of obstructing justice during a federal investigation of Russia’s role in 2016 election.
A majority vote in the US House of Representatives is necessary to impeach a president, which would lead to a trial in the Senate, where a two-thirds majority is essential for conviction.
Critics say that Trump’s divisive rhetoric and policies against immigrants and minorities before and after his election have emboldened far-right groups and promoted hate crimes across the country.