The corrupt, totally biased and rigged impeachment inquiry staged by House Democrats has had a totally unexpected effect: uniting warring factions of the Republican Party.
This has been an unprecedented feat in a divisive era that mushroomed after President Donald Trump entered the Republican primaries in 2015.
The consequences of impeaching a president, conducted without due process on trumped up charges, will have far-reaching historic consequences. Defying the process became a cause greater than the ideological squabbles Republicans were engaged in with Trump and each other.
The final vote to formalize the procedures of the impeachment inquiry last Thursday was 232-196, passing largely on party lines, with two Democrats siding with the GOP. Michigan Rep. Justin Amash, a former Republican turned independent, voted with House Democrats.
The latest Gallup survey found that Trump has sustained a 41% approval rating versus 24% when former President Richard Nixon faced impeachment. The poll analysis said that impeachment has polarized voters, making it difficult for Congress to act. The impeachment proceedings of Nixon and former President Bill Clinton had strong bipartisan support.
“Republicans are rock solid both in their opposition to impeachment, and their support for Trump,” Gallup said: 87% of Democrats want Trump impeached, while 92% of Republicans are opposed.
Fox News Channel host Greg Gutfeld said Monday, “Not a single Republican voted for the inquiry despite the media and the Never Trumpers publicly dreaming and wishing it to be so, so that’s not going to bode well for the Senate.”
“It’s going to be D.O.A. and it’s going to be a self-destructive folly. The Democrats are deliberately handicapping themselves with a losing battle — it’s ‘collusion’ times 10,” said Gutfeld.
Democrats did not expect the US to continue on such an extended path of peace and economic prosperity. The death of the world’s number one terrorist, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, orchestrated by Trump and US Special Forces, was a tremendous achievement, not just for Americans but the world, and came just before the historic vote.
The economy added 128,000 jobs in October, while the unemployment rate dropped to 3.5%, according to Department of Labor data released Friday. Official numbers for the prior two months were revised upward by 95,000 jobs. The unemployment rate dropped to 3.5% in September, the lowest unemployment rate since December 1969.
Democrats thought their plot to divide the party by weaponizing hate toward Trump was foolproof. They plotted to turn the Trump brand into dogfood by painting him as a criminal on an epic scale. They have vilified everything Trump: his hotels, his tax returns, his tweets, his voters and his MAGA hats.
They painted him as an unhinged buffoon and crime boss who would lead his party to electoral defeat and needed to be impeached and removed from office, even before voters had a chances to vote in 2020.
They claim he colluded with Russian President Vladimir Putin to win the 2016 election and strong-armed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in order to rig the 2020 election.
They turned the US criminal justice system against his campaign associates. Several were arrested, jailed and imprisoned. No Trump associate or campaign official has been charged with colluding with Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. The criminal investigation led by former Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller concluded that there wasn’t enough evidence to bring a case of conspiracy.
On Tuesday Trump’s friend and political adviser Roger Stone was set to go on trial. Throughout the Trump presidency his associates have been paraded in and out of courtrooms and congressional hearings.
Stone pleaded not guilty in January after a grand jury in Washington, D.C. returned an indictment with one count of obstructing a proceeding, five counts of making false statements to Congress and one count of witness tampering. Prosecutors allege that he tried to persuade another witness to lie to Congress too.
Democrats are now turning to manufactured polls to bolster their faltering narratives and continue their scare tactics, hoping to rattle the Republican Party and its leadership.
An ABC News/Washington Post poll released Tuesday claims former vice president Joe Biden leads Trump by 17 percentage points among voters in general. ABC also reports that “16% of voters who lean Republicans say they’d defect to Biden.”
The poll shows Biden leading Trump among female voters by 30 points while polling is tight with male voters. It also shows that the major Democratic candidates, including Sens. Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Kamala Harris, are beating Trump in general election polls.
MSNBC’s Chuck Todd was still reeling in shock Monday, pointing to polls that are “setting up as the very high hurdle now that Democrats may have to clear, “simply because Republicans have chosen to politically stay united around this president.”
Democratic strategists are baffled and running in different directions, trying to figure out their next move. They are now knee-deep in political quicksand in swing states, where voters are fatigued and disgusted with their impeachment inquiry and lack of interest in issues that handed Democrats a midterm victory, like health care.