Can Democrats impeach President Trump if he's 'doing a great job'? | The Tylt
Can Democrats impeach President Trump if he's 'doing a great job'?
In a recent interview with Bloomberg, the president claimed there was no way the American people would support impeachment proceedings against him.
"I don’t think they can impeach somebody that’s doing a great job," Trump said Thursday in a White House interview with Bloomberg News. “You look at the economy, you look at jobs, you look at foreign, what’s going on with other countries. You look at trade deals. I’m doing a great job.”
...Trump said that if he’s impeached, then every future president would be in danger of the same fate whenever the opposition gains control of Congress.
"So you get elected as a Republican or a Democrat and the opposite party gets put into the House. That would mean, oh, let’s impeach him. Can’t do it,” Trump said. “If you look at the definition of impeachment, that’s a high bar and that would take a long time to fight that if you’re doing a good job. And I’m doing a great job.”
Recent national surveys tell a different story. Per ABC News:
The national survey, produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates, finds that half the public supports Congress initiating impeachment proceedings against Trump, 49-46 percent; support rises to 57 percent among women. And support for the investigation running its course is broader: Americans overall back Mueller’s probe by 63-29 percent. Fifty-two percent support it strongly, a high level of strong sentiment.
Mueller prosecuted Manafort and referred the Cohen case to federal prosecutors in New York. Support for Mueller’s investigation peaks at 85 percent among Democrats, but also takes in 67 percent of independents and even a third of Republicans (32 percent). Forty-one percent of conservatives back Mueller, rising to more than seven in 10 moderates and liberals.
In Trump’s dispute with Attorney General Jeff Sessions for allowing the investigation to proceed, the public sides with Sessions, 62-23 percent. Sixty-four percent also oppose the idea of Trump firing Sessions; just 19 percent support it.
Further, while Trump has railed against the Manafort prosecution, Americans call it justified by an overwhelming 67-17 percent, including nearly half of Republicans. The public opposes Trump pardoning Manafort by essentially the same margin, 66-18 percent, with 53 percent strongly opposed. Even among Republicans, 45 percent oppose a Manafort pardon; 36 percent support it.
The damage to Trump on these ethics concerns overwhelms his better rating for handling the economy, an essentially even split, 45-47 percent. That demonstrates that a good economy only makes it possible for a president to be popular – it’s no guarantee.
Commenters warn the public turning against Trump could peel his political supporters off, leaving him vulnerable to impeachment. Per The Washington Post:
Understand, of course, that this is one poll and that the shift in Trump’s numbers are generally within the margin of error. However, if duplicated elsewhere and over some period of time, it’s worth reexamining the assumption that Republicans will stick with Trump. We might have to consider that he might actually be afraid to fire Sessions and to pardon Manafort for fear of the consequences. If voters are souring on Trump and take it out on Republicans in November, it’s very possible that his efforts to curtail the Russia investigation, including by firing Justice Department supervisors or pardoning cronies, will be enough to push a lot of voters over the edge.
Republican candidates who have tied themselves tightly to Trump this year, reveling in endorsements, might find that the association with Trump hurts more than it helps. And if that’s the case and Democrats roll up big gains knocking out Trump acolytes, you might just see some 2020 GOP challengers step forward. There is nothing like an election wipeout to shatter a cultist politician’s support.