Three weeks in and there’s still no indication any Republican has ever heard the term “Emoluments” much less “of any kind whatever.” They’re probably figuring to ride the tiger until he keels over and pukes a half-digested GOP on their loafers.
I don’t think it will be too long before that happens.
Plenty of people are going on and on about a country in chaos, but few are talking about what’s been settled. No one’s really much talked about the more remarkable fact: Donald Trump is an historically unpopular president with no hope of redemption.
PPP’s new national poll finds that Donald Trump’s popularity as President has declined precipitously just over the last two weeks. On our first poll of his Presidency voters were evenly divided on Trump, with 44% approving of him and 44% also disapproving. Now his approval rating is 43%, while his disapproval has gone all the way up to 53%.
In only 21 days Trump’s unfavorability has gone from 44% to 53%. This is not surprising given 1.) How horrible he is. 2.) What a fuck up he is. 3.) How many Americans already knew this about him. He’s not shy, and New York is not a small place.
And there’s this.
Just three weeks into his administration, voters are already evenly divided on the issue of impeaching Trump with 46% in favor and 46% opposed. Support for impeaching Trump has crept up from 35% 2 weeks ago, to 40% last week, to its 46% standing this week. While Clinton voters initially only supported Trump’s impeachment 65/14, after seeing him in office over the last few weeks that’s gone up already to 83/6.
Democrats were only about 5 to 1 on impeachment, but now they’re 14 to 1. He can call us whatever names he likes, but we’re still 40% of the country. And the territory he’s in now is deep and dark. The stain won’t wash off. He can’t be forgiven, he’ll never be popular. He has no hopes of ever being okay with the American people.
Shortly before the committee undertook its impeachment votes, a Harris Poll showed that 53 percent of Americans supported an impeachment of Nixon by the House. The same poll showed that 47 percent thought he should be convicted in a Senate trial, 34 percent thought he should be acquitted, and the rest were unsure.
Trump is now only seven percentage points from being in dead Nixon-walking territory. It’s a hard seven points for sure, but still. To be this close to having his presidency ended in its first month, it’s impressive.
ADD: Barbara Jordan, with one of the great political speeches of the century. Do yourself a favor and watch.