I recall staying up late on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. I watched the biased news on television and monitored the popular and Electoral College votes online. I think I kept hitting refresh on my computer about every minute or so. It wasn’t until the wee hours in the morning on Wednesday, November 9, that I learned that Trump most likely won the Electoral vote. There was some controversy, but even Hillary Clinton conceded the election to Trump.
By the time of the morning news that Wednesday, some Democrats had already begun their call for impeachment of Donald Trump, even though he wasn’t going to be sworn into office for another 2 months, 1 week and 2 days.
Ever since that time, some Democrast somewhere in Washington speak of their desire to impeach Donald Trump. It was a topic during the 2018 election season and could be why some of the Democrats were elected, because they promised to impeach Trump.
Democrats knew for the first two years that there was little chance of impeaching Trump because Republicans controlled the House, where impeachment begins. Most of the House Republicans would never have voted for impeachment.
The Republican controlled Senate has been a different story. There were enough anti-Trump RINOs in the Senate, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, that an impeachment vote to convict could be possible.
However, Democrats now have control of the House and Nancy Pelosi, now Speaker of the House, has often talked about impeaching Trump over the past two years. So, how does Pelosi feel about impeaching Trump now?
In a recent interview, Pelosi stated:
“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, how do American voters feel about impeaching Trump?
“1 How likely is it that investigations by congressional Democrats will produce evidence that leads to the impeachment of President Trump – very likely, somewhat likely, not very likely or not at all likely?”
“2 Which is more likely – that President Trump will be reelected in 2020, that he will be defeated by the Democratic nominee in 2020 or that he will be impeached before serving his full term in office?”
Naturally, the results were split along party lines, but here is what voters said:
“The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 44% of Likely U.S. Voters think it is likely that investigations by congressional Democrats will produce evidence that leads to the impeachment of President Trump, but 53% consider that unlikely. This includes 24% who say the Democrats are Very Likely to find evidence that leads to impeachment and 29% who say it’s Not At All Likely.”
“A plurality (44%) continues to believe that Trump will be reelected in 2020, down slightly from a high of 47% last November just after the midterm elections in which Democrats won control of the House of Representatives. Thirty-five percent (35%) now think the president will be defeated by the Democratic nominee next year, up from 29% in the previous survey and the high to date.”
“Sixteen percent (16%) still think Trump will be impeached before serving his full term in office, but 29% felt that way when Rasmussen Reports first asked this question in late December 2017.”
So, will Democrats still go ahead and try to impeach Trump before his first term ends? Personally, I think some will try, but I don’t see it passing the full House, at least not at this time.
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