On the eve of a historic vote on the floor of the House of Representatives, where the impeachment of President Donald Trump is expected to pass on a party line vote, he is still winning.
Trump is set to make the kind of history that makes Democrats’ stomachs turn: he is tipped to be the first president re-elected after impeachment.
Only three other former presidents faced impeachment: Richard Nixon resigned in 1974 before the House voted and Bill Clinton was already serving his second term in 1998 when he was impeached. President Andrew Johnson failed to clinch his party’s nomination after he escaped a Senate conviction in 1868.
Trump will also be the first president impeached without a crime. A three-year search by his political enemies, which included a special counsel investigation, turned up nothing. They have been forced to publish a voluminous, prefabricated report full of lies to justify their monumental decision.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) accused Democrats Tuesday of botching the fact-finding investigation “because angry partisans rushed sloppily through it.”
Democrats will be the ones dealing with the blowback of his impeachment, like Wile E. Coyote, the cartoon wolf who never catches the Road Runner. It is expected to be the most partisan impeachment vote in history, where Democrats join Republicans against the move, even if it still has enough votes to pass.
Democrats will also make history for staging the most one-sided impeachment inquiry ever. The president was denied due process and Republicans could not call any witness unless Democratic House lawmakers approved. The president’s attorneys were not allowed to cross-examine witnesses. There was no co-equal subpoena power for the minority. Their impeachment inquiry was conducted using secret depositions in the Capitol basement and transcripts that favored Trump were kept hidden.
A USA Today-Suffolk University poll released Tuesday found that Trump leads all front-runners for the Democratic nomination. Former vice president Joe Biden is his closest rival. Trump leads him by three percent but beats Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) by 5 per cent.
He leads Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) by 8 percentage points, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg by 9 percentage points and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg by 10 percentage points.
Democratic candidates were more favored by younger responders 18 to 34, while Trump carried voters 35 and older as well as male voters.
A CNN/SSRS poll on Tuesday also showed that support for impeachment of the president has begun to decline. Forty-five percent of those polled support his impeachment and removal from office, while 47 percent oppose it. This represents a 5 percent drop compared to polls taken in November by CNN.
All signs point to his reelection in 2020 because America is in the throes of an unprecedented era of peace and prosperity, with the economy maintaining steady, sustained growth.
On Monday the Dow Jones Industrial Average reached its 120th all-time high since the 2016 election. Stocks were on pace for their fourth straight gain as a phase one trade deal between China and the U.S. showed promise. In August forecasters were predicting a 50 percent chance of a downturn starting by the end of next year.
Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Mary Snow said, “A 50-year low unemployment rate coupled with stocks hitting record highs are adding up to a rosy view of the economy and voters feeling optimistic about their own personal finances. That view of a strong economy seems to be helping President Trump match his highest job approval rating since being elected, despite facing becoming the third president in U.S. history to be impeached this week.”
The Republican Party is energized, mobilized and united. It’s coffers are overflowing with donations and any rival candidate nominated by Democrats will suffer the consequences of their unpopular decision to impeach a president who did nothing wrong.