Pollster John McLaughlin said Thursday the effort by Democrats and the GOP establishment to impeach and eradicate former President Donald Trump’s legacy and move on from his policies is “backfiring.”
In an interview Thursday evening with Newsmax TV’s Greg Kelly, McLaughlin said the Democrat-led, unprecedented second impeachment against Trump will further divide the country and inflame his base, leading them to respond via the ballot box beginning in 2022.
The pollster noted that “three-quarters of voters in battleground states” believe impeachment “is a waste of time and money,” adding that a voter survey in Wyoming showing GOP Rep. Liz Cheney’s support tanking after voting to impeach Trump is indicative.
“What she has done, with one vote, has blown apart her political base,” he said on “Greg Kelly Reports.”
(Source: Newsmax TV)
Overall, the effort to destroy Trump is “backfiring,” McLaughlin emphasized.
“What they’re doing on impeachment, people see it is unfair, unconstitutional, going against the president,” he said. “They really want them to deal with the coronavirus.”
He added that impeachment is “solidifying” Trump’s base of support and “making them more upset.”
That said, the impeachment effort appears to be moot at this point. On Tuesday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) announced via Twitter that convicting the former president wouldn’t happen after he forced a procedural vote in the chamber claiming the effort is unconstitutional because Trump is no longer in office. Forty-five Republicans agreed, meaning the Senate would fall far short of the required 67 votes needed to convict in the evenly-divided chamber.
“The Senate just voted on my constitutional point of order,” Paul tweeted. “45 Senators agreed that this sham of a ‘trial’ is unconstitutional. That is more than will be needed to acquit and to eventually end this partisan impeachment process. This ‘trial’ is dead on arrival in the Senate,” he wrote.
Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz, who appeared on Newsmax with McLaughlin, agreed, though he told Kelly that doesn’t mean Democrats won’t try another method — such as using the Fourteenth Amendment — to prevent Trump from running again for the presidency.
“Please tell me that’s a myth and there’s no way to make that legally happen,” Kelly said in asking Dershowitz to respond.
“There’s no way to legally make it happen but that doesn’t mean the Democrats won’t try it. They’re talking about the Fourteenth Amendment which was designed to prevent Robert E. Lee from running for president after the Confederacy lost” the Civil War, said Dershowitz.
“It has no application to President Trump. He did not engage in an insurrection,” he continued, adding that Democrats may still attempt to use the amendment anyway.
Several Democrats and some Republicans have accused Trump of ‘inciting insurrection’ after some of his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol Building Jan. 6. During a speech before the incident, however, Trump encouraged supporters to “peacefully” demonstrate at the Capitol, where Congress was meeting in joint session to count electoral ballots.
Democrats “are so desperate to find a way of preventing Donald Trump from running that they’re prepared to twist and turn and destroy the Constitution,” the professor emeritus said.
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