After roughly two months of private and public hearings in the impeachment inquiry, the results are in. When it comes to removal from office, slightly more people are in favor of it than opposed to it. At least that’s according to the RCP average, which as of today stands at 48.2 to 45.7 for removal. At the beginning of October, it was 48.3 to 43.7 for removal. In other words, the needle Democrats were hoping would move in their favor during the public phase of the inquiry hasn’t done so. If anything, what the polls are telling us is that the country appears to be evenly split between those who want Trump gone and those who don’t.
But while Trump’s apologists may be gloating over the results of these polls, there is one poll that should be keeping them up nights. And that was a poll that came out last week by ABC News which shows that 70 percent of Americans believe that Trump was wrong to extort the president of Ukraine to help him win the 2020 election.
Additionally, among those who’ve been following the hearings very closely, the poll found that 67 percent believe he should be removed from office. In other words, the public isn’t buying the “perfect call” line that the White House has been peddling, and the more they find out about what went on, the more likely they are to favor removal. That might account for Trump’s overall approval numbers, which throughout most of his presidency have been stuck in the low 40s.
Do NOT kid yourself. Republicans may appear to be in lockstep with this president, but deep down to a man and woman they know he’s guilty as sin. Even Lindsey Graham, who now seems poised to subpoena both Joe and Hunter Biden before his committee, isn’t that gullible. Spineless, yes, but gullible, no. And to think, John McCain once called this creep a friend. He must be spinning in his grave over what’s become of him.
I’ve always been a “glass half-filled” kind of guy. It comes from a quarter century of being told “no” by customers. In my line of work you have to be resilient enough to believe that today’s rejection is tomorrow’s acceptance. So when it comes to Trump, I’m more hopeful than most that what he’s doing to this country isn’t going unnoticed by a majority of its citizens. The collateral damage that has been wrought upon America will come back to bite him in the end. I have to believe that; otherwise, I couldn’t go on.
So I fight the good fight, as all of us must continue to do. And I keep the faith, steadfast in my conviction that come next November the electorate will send this carpetbagger back to where he belongs: the unemployment line. If you’re looking for something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, that’s as good a place as any to start.