Tom Steyer is the progressive billionaire leading an effort to elect Democrats for the express purpose of impeaching Trump. He thinks of his particular brand of Trump Derangement Syndrome as an extension of the civil rights movement.

He said something in a recent interview with Tim Dickinson of Rolling Stone which reveals the depths some on the left would sink to in order to get Trump:

A Conversation With Tom Steyer, the Liberal Billionaire Bankrolling Trump’s Impeachment

For many progressives, it’s obvious that President Trump deserves to be impeached. From his campaign’s collaboration with Russia to his admitted obstruction of justice in firing James Comey to his profiting from the office of the presidency to his ceaseless lying and attacks on the free press – the articles of impeachment almost write themselves…

Rolling Stone reached out to Steyer to talk about the practicality of removing Trump (which would require a two-thirds majority vote in the Senate to be successful), the risks of “normalizing” the president’s behavior, and whether Steyer himself has greater political ambitions.

Dickinson eventually shifts the conversation to Pelosi, and Steyer let the mask slip:

Maybe I wasn’t clear, the idea is that Democrats, returning to power in the House, would have subpoena power. She pointed to how she dealt with George W. Bush – whom many wanted to impeach. She believes the decision to take impeachment off the table helped Democrats take the House in 2006, and paved a path to Obama and a deeper correction.

I remember 2006. What happened is that George W. Bush, he put us in two disastrous wars and we were headed toward the biggest financial disaster since the Great Depression. So if the answer is that we need those three things to happen for a course correction, I’d prefer to move a little quicker. How about that? But I take your point. Maybe we can have, like, a nuclear war and then we get a real course correction.

Steyer then tried to walk it back:

Wow – that’s…sobering.

We’re trying to do what’s right. And 2006/2008 did not happen because George W. Bush didn’t get impeached, is what I’m saying. I should be a little bit more tempered: I take back that remark about nuclear war.

Steyer is like a walking version of this meme:

John Sexton of Hot Air made a great point about this:

Steyer isn’t saying he hopes for a nuclear war. He’s saying that normal politics, i.e. letting the electorate vote, shouldn’t be relied upon to get rid of Trump. He’s counseling impatience and using nuclear war as an offhand argument for the dangers of not being impatient enough.

But isn’t the way he’s saying this pretty significant? Part of Steyer’s whole pitch is that Trump doesn’t have the temperament to be president. He’s too dangerous and unstable to allow him to remain in office, i.e. he could start a war! But here’s Steyer using nuclear war as a debating point as if he’s a 14-year-old blogger.

If we had an honest media, a few Democrats might be asked if they agree with Steyer’s comments.