If what’s being said at CNN is any indicator, Democrats could be in big control going into the 2020 presidential election.
Within the span of 24 hours, two hosts with the usually far-left network pointed out in separate monologues late last week that President Donald Trump is faring pretty well despite congressional Democrats having voted to formalize their impeachment inquiry against him.
One of the hosts, Don Lemon, is a rabid left-winger. Yet even he couldn’t stop himself from pondering whether the president is “stronger” than Democrats realize.
After describing the president’s allegedly “unnerving” and “bad” week during his monologue on Friday evening, Lemon conceded that maybe his week wasn’t so “bad” after all.
“In Trump world, that’s not actually a bad week,” he said. “The House voted to advance the impeachment inquiry, but the president managed to keep Republicans in line, not losing a single one, and even gaining two Democrats from districts that he won in 2016.”
Every Republican in the House did indeed vote against the impeachment inquiry, and this unity bodes exceptionally well for the president. Meanwhile, two Democrats also voted against it, meaning the Democrat Party remains somewhat fractured. Might this fracture grow in the upcoming weeks? It certainly could.
“The president’s campaign manager says that they had a $3 million haul on the day of the House impeachment inquiry vote,” Lemon continued. “And with Americans pretty much split right down the middle on whether he should be impeached and removed from office, well, this president may be stronger than you think.”
Nancy Pelosi’s impeachment resolution day turned into a MASSIVE fundraising day for @realDonaldTrump.
✅ $3 MILLION raised online alone in one day.
✅ That makes $19 MILLION in October online alone!
Impeachment sham is backfiring already!
— Brad Parscale (@parscale) November 1, 2019
“So I guess it’s appropriate that he is wrapping up the week attending another sporting event, one where he’s likely to get a much warmer welcome than he did at the world series. It’s a plan,” Lemon added.
He wasn’t wrong.
Whereas the president was booed at the World Series in Washington, D.C., last weekend, on Saturday the president wound up being mostly cheered when arriving at Madison Square Garden in New York City for an Ultimate Fighting Championship event.
— Tara LaRosa (@TaraLaRosa) November 3, 2019
— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) November 3, 2019
After talking a bit about the president’s past appearances at World Wrestling Entertainment events, Lemon concluded his monologue by again reiterating that Trump may be “stronger” than folks realize.
“Like I said, this president just might be stronger than you think, but that’s not real, so he doesn’t have to be real strong to do that,” he said, differentiating between the pseudo strength seen when Trump once beat up WWE CEO Vince McMahon and the strength being displayed now. “Maybe we mean that metaphorically. I don’t know.”
Roughly 24 hours later, fellow network host S.E. Cupp offered a somewhat similar take.
Speaking on Saturday night, she spoke of “early warning signs” that Trump’s allegedly “bad” week was actually great news for him and his 2020 plans. Besides noting the divisions within the Democrat Party, she also pointed to recent polling data.
“The latest Washington Post/ABC News poll shows 49 percent support impeachment and removal right now, and 47 percent are opposed. That’s a slim majority,” she said.
Meanwhile, Cupp noted, the poll shows that a slim majority of Independents — whose votes are critical for a 2020 victory — now oppose impeachment.
“And Independents are reversed actually — 47 percent support, 49 percent oppose. That should be troubling for Democrats,” she said. “Throw on top of all of that there’s potentially a government shutdown looming on the horizon, which could delay the impeachment process even further and that benefits Trump.”
Listen to her full analysis below:
Meanwhile, the Democrats running against Trump in the 2020 race have failed to captivate the country’s attention, with candidates like former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Bernie Sanders’ poll numbers mostly trending downward or sideways, not up.
Their performance has been so poor overall that some members of the base have taken to begging former first lady Michelle Obama to join the race.
In fact, a poll conducted last month found that were she to suddenly enter the race, she’d promptly skyrocket to first place.
“Today, the Democratic race is a statistical dead heat between Warren (25%), Biden (24%) and Sanders (22%),” pollster R. Kelly Myers of Franklin Pierce University’s Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication announced in mid-October. “If Michelle Obama were to enter the race, it would change things dramatically. Twenty-six percent of Democrats would vote for her, making her the new frontrunner.”
Unfortunately for Democrats, she’s repeatedly made it clear that she’s not interested in the job. As for failed 2016 Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton, that’s an entirely different story, though it’s unclear whether Democrats have any interest in her.
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