The former hedge fund manager wants to impeach Trump and is putting his money where his mouth is. It sounds like a leftwing dream … but is he plotting his own White House run?
Sat 14 Jul 2018
Tom Steyer is a billionaire from San Francisco who comes bearing tantalising gifts for American progressives.
The first is a confetti of cash to fight elections and ballot measures across the country, a bounty to counter the Koch brothers’ funding of conservative candidates and causes and possibly set the US on a new, leftwing course.
The other is an exhilarating message that progressives can confront, provoke, alienate and enrage Republicans, they can call them liars, moral reprobates, corporate shills and climate wreckers, they can denounce Trump administration policies as cruel and evil and hound and shame White House officials and, oh bliss, impeach the president. They can do all this – and win power.
“Are we afraid to tell the truth because it might piss someone off? No.” A thousand times no, says Steyer, thumping the table during a recent interview in Los Angeles. It is time to “retake” the United States. “We’re trying to do something to protect the country, protect the democracy, protect the people. This is a fight between right and wrong and I don’t see why people want to sweep that under the rug.”