On Wednesday, the House voted to impeach President Donald Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
This is as a result of alleged link on his actions around a July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky.
But there is growing evidence that the public impeachment proceedings may actually be helping Trump politically.
A new Gallup poll released on Wednesday morning, before the House vote, shows two things happening. These happenings started since House Democrats, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California, opened up a formal impeachment inquiry in October regarding Trump’s conduct with Zelensky.
Moreover, the two happenings are:
■Trump’s job approval rating has gone from 39% to 45%
●Support for Trump’s impeachment and removal has dipped from 52% to 46%.
Those results largely affirm other data out over the past week or it suggests that support for impeachment has dipped.
In a CNN national poll released earlier this week, 45% said they supported the impeachment and removal of the President. This is down from 50% who said the same in a mid-November CNN survey.
Meanwhile, that same poll showed opposition to impeachment/removal at 46%, up 4 points from mid-November. And a CNN “poll of polls” shows an average of all six most recent quality and credible national polling conducted between December 4 and December 15. This showed 46% favored impeachment and removal as compared to 49% who did not.
Nevertheless, these numbers are not “good” for Trump as he often takes to Twitter to proclaim.
But compared to recent past presidents, including Bill Clinton, who actually was impeached, a significantly lager chunk of the public now favors Trump’s removal than ever felt that way about Clinton, Barack Obama or George W. Bush.
In fact, Trump’s current numbers on impeachment are most similar to those of Richard Nixon in the spring of 1974. (Articles of impeachment on Nixon were approved by the House Judiciary Committee but never came to a floor vote because Nixon resigned first.)
However, what the trend line in recent weeks suggests is that the intense focus on impeachment has marginally helped Donald Trump and never hurt him.
Above all, the change in public opinion is slightly “YES”. And it may well be temporary. But for the moment, it’s the sort of thing that has to make Democrats a little (and maybe more than a little) nervous about the path they have chosen.
Let us remember this: Pelosi did not want to go down the impeachment path. She stood athwart her party over the summer as more and more of her Democratic members announced their support for an impeachment inquiry over Trump’s conduct in connection to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Her concern, which she voiced publicly and privately, was that a partisan impeachment, an impeachment without significant bipartisan support would too bitterly divide the country to make it worth doing.
Here’s exactly what Pelosi told The Washington Post magazine on that very topic:??
“Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country. And he’s just not worth it.”
But all the above changed in the fall, when a whistleblower complaint regarding Trump’s actions on that July 25 call surfaced.
However, it rapidly became clear that Trump’s behavior on the call was a dam-breaker.
Therefore, Pelosi could no longer stand in the way of the momentum within her caucus to move toward impeaching the President.
Notwithstanding, simply because Pelosi acquiesced to that inexorable momentum does not mean that her concerns about the politics of impeachment had changed.
However what Pelosi knew then and knows now is that impeachment is a “Chaos-creator” in the American electorate.
There is simply no certainty about how the voters particularly the small number of independent and (or) undecided voters will react to all of this.
And the emphasis on the word “early” have to make Democrats worried.
This is what Scott Jennings stated: ????
Who is Scott Jennings?
Scott Jennings is a CNN contributor and former special assistant to President George W. Bush.
He is also a former campaign adviser to Sen. Mitch McConnell. Scott is a partner at RunSwitch Public Relations in Louisville, Kentucky.
Scott said thus:
“When the global elite are aligned against him and laughing like the immature cool kids you hated in middle school, President Donald Trump is winning”.
“When the politicians are mad — so mad that they have shut down all policymaking to impeach the President of the United States on what constitutional scholar Jonathan Turley called “wafer thin” evidence —Trump is winning”.
“You have to remember: Donald Trump wasn’t elected to fit in with these people — the political, intellectual class — to make them happy, or to become one of them. He was elected to break them. And that’s apparently what he’s done.
Wednesday’s House Judiciary Committee hearing featuring three liberal law professors and Thursday’s announcement by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that her conference is moving forward with impeachment, the die is cast”.
“Donald Trump will be the third president in American history to be impeached by the House of Representatives”.