A day after Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., drew boos from a San Francisco crowd after saying she didn't support impeaching President Trump, she now says she doesn't have much hope he will change his behavior.
"The duty of the American president is to bring people together, not cater to one segment of a political base; to solve problems, not campaign constantly," Feinstein said in a statement Wednesday. "While I'm under no illusion that it's likely to happen and will continue to oppose his policies, I want President Trump to change for the good of the country."
California's senior senator drew loud boos during a Tuesday town hall when she said she believed President Trump had the potential to be a "good president."
"The question is whether he can learn and change," Feinstein told the audience. "If so, I believe he can be a good president."
Her statement drew hisses, jeers, and yells of "no," when she expressed a willingness to work with President Trump and castigated Democrats for solely running on opposition to him, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
Feinstein's statement furthered her criticism of Trump and his controversial pardon of Joe Arpaio, a former Maricopa County Arizona sheriff who was found in criminal contempt of court for defying a judge's order that his department not arrest suspected illegal immigrants without suspicion that they committed a crime.
"President Trump said on Monday that he stands by his pardon of Sheriff Arpaio," Feinstein said. "To pardon a sheriff with a decades-long history of racial profiling sends a message to law enforcement nationwide that racial profiling is acceptable. It is not."
"I want President Trump to change for the good of the country," her statement went on to say.
Feinstein's response comes after she was pressed by attendees who feel Democrats have not been forceful enough in attacking Trump. During Tuesday's town hall she struck a cautionary note for Democrats to not be so bent on always opposing Republicans.
"I have to work with people and a punch in the nose is not going to do it," Feinstein said.
While Feinstein has been forceful in her criticism of Trump, she has resisted joining Rep. Maxine Waters, a fellow Democrat from California, in her calls to impeach the president. Waters reiterated her calls for impeachment recently during an awards show appearance in which she said, "Not only will we resist you, we will impeach you, Mr. President."
Feinstein, 84, addressed a host of issues during her town hall in San Francisco late Tuesday but has since offered no indication of whether or not she would seek re-election next year.