Impeachment is boosting Trump’s re-election chances

The president’s popularity has increased since the impeachment trial began.


Topics Politics USA

The impeachment process is helping Donald Trump.

Polling by Gallup shows that Trump’s approval ratings have increased by three percentage points since the impeachment process began in autumn last year.

While just 44 per cent approve of the job Trump is doing as president, 51 per cent are opposed to convicting him of ‘high crimes and misdemeanours’.

Impeachment is a serious process. It is a constitutional mechanism intended to protect Americans from dangerous government overreach and serious criminal misconduct.

As Sean Collins has written on spiked, Trump’s behaviour in relation to Ukraine was wrong. But the case for impeachment is still weak. Unlike in the three prior impeachment cases (Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton), there were no charges that Trump committed a crime:

‘After months of alleging serious crimes of ‘bribery’, ‘extortion’ and ‘treason’, the best the Democrats could come up with were ‘abuse of power’ and ‘obstruction of congress.’

Since the 2016 election, the Democrats have been looking for reasons to impeach Trump. They have still not accepted the verdict of the ‘deplorables’ in that election – and voters know it.

Trump won in 2016 as an insurgent candidate. This would have been a much harder task to pull off in the 2020 election as an incumbent. But the Democrats, by seeking to remove Trump before the election, have played directly into his hands.

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Asif Qadir

11th February 2020 at 3:52 am

You need to be rounded up for being an imbecilc menace, Wendy Kaminhere. What’s it say to you that his popularity has increased, other than Americans hate socialism? Aclu are a load of fascists.

Clinton, Biden and Pelosi ….would probably do well to retreat to …somewhere that will harbour them given what’s coming to such treasonous prikks.

Michael Lynch

22nd January 2020 at 10:53 pm

That sanctimonious Pratt, Adam Schiff was on today giving his opening speech to the Senate impeachment hearing. He said that most Americans presume that this is not a fair trail in any way shape or form. He was right there; half of the population think this is Democratic witch hunt whilst the other half think it’s a Republican stitch up. This is not a trial but a partisan fist fight and it’s yet more political nonsense the public must pay for and endure. The truth is that the Democrats impeached Trump in their minds from the moment he was sworn in. They have finger wagged and exaggerated imagined crimes during the entire term. How about some policies guys? What a pathetic waste of four years and unless something goes dramatically wrong with the economy then the next election is a shoe in for Trump. All this crap is like water off a duck’s back to the Donald. He won’t be impeached by the senate and he won’t be damaged by it at the polls. Schiff is to the Democrats as Barry Gardiner was to Labour; an arrogant, holier than thou type who is destroying what’s left of his party’s credibility.

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