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Do You Speak Trump Or Democrat?

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New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd posted a tearful rant decrying the Senate’s refusal to redo the House Democrats’ unfair and willfully incompetent impeachment investigation. You can read the whole sorry thing through this link if you feel you must, but if you want to cut to the most useful point in the piece here’s the one interesting quote in the op-ed that is worth parsing.

“This trial in so many ways crystallized the completely diametrically opposed threats that Democrats and Republicans see to the country,” Senator Chris Murphy, the Connecticut Democrat, told The Times’s Nicholas Fandos. “We perceive Donald Trump and his corruption to be an existential threat to the country. They [Republicans] perceive the deep state and the liberal media to be an existential threat to the country.

“That dichotomy, that contrast, has been growing over the last three years, but this trial really crystallized that difference. We were just speaking different languages, fundamentally different languages when it came to what this trial was about. They thought it was about the deep state and the media conspiracy. We thought it was about the president’s crimes.”

Senator Murphy, in spite of himself, was right, at least up until the point he left out the word “alleged” in the last sentence of the quote Ms. Dowd shared with her readers.

Republicans for the most part did and do see the impeachment effort as the latest chapter in the despicable effort of the permanent political class and their media handmaidens to remove President Trump and restore them to their self-appointed positions of power, influence and money.

The problem with the whole Ukraine impeachment farce (or attempted coup as we prefer) is not that Democrats were “speaking different languages” from Republicans, but that from the very beginning of the Trump presidency Democrats chose to dishonestly present their policy differences with President Trump as self-evident crimes and then tailor the facts and testimony to fit that narrative.

Fortunately, the American people saw right through the stratagem and more and more of them are speaking Trump. (No, social media trolls, we don’t mean speaking like Trump, we mean speaking the language of his Make America Great Again policies.)

The result of the Democrats’ now three-year obsession with impeaching President Trump is that the president they despise is stronger than ever.

According to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll reported February 2, 2020 by USA Today, the impeachment process may have helped intensify Trump's level of support. Thirty-six percent said they "strongly" approved of his performance, the highest number in the poll since he took office. And 33% said they had "very positive" feelings about Trump, which was also a new high.

The results were strongly influenced by partisan affiliation: 84 percent of Democratic voters support Trump’s removal from office, while 91 percent of Republicans oppose it. 45 percent of independents back removal, and 50 percent oppose it.

Overall, the Democrats’ impeachment gambit did not affect Trump’s approval: 46 percent said they approved of the job Trump was doing and 51 percent disapproved. Those numbers were consistent with previous NBC News/Wall Street Journal polls, wrote William Cummings of USA Today.

"We’ve been through an impeachment inquiry in the House, a trial in the Senate, and America’s attitudes about Donald Trump have hardly budged," said Democratic pollster Jeff Horwitt, who conducted the poll along with Republican Bill McInturff, according to Mr. Cummings analysis of the NBC News report.

And the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll was not an outlier.

The Washington Examiner’s highly respected political columnist Paul Bedard found similar results in the latest survey by the Gallup Organization. Gallup said that impeachment is “increasing support for the president,” just as it did for former President Bill Clinton 22 years ago.

Said Gallup: “As was the case for Clinton, the impeachment of Trump has not had a noticeably negative effect on his popular support. In fact, for both presidents, impeachment had the opposite effect of increasing their public approval.”

What is different this time is that intense partisan politics are keeping Trump’s numbers down, said the Gallup survey analysis. Consider that 93% of Republicans want Trump acquitted of the House's impeachment charges in the Senate. For Democrats, 84% want him convicted and removed.

The Washington Examiner’s Madison Dibble also reported that Trump’s approval rating is holding steady and is actually just two points below his one-year Gallup high of 46%.

What’s more, a poll conducted by Firehouse Strategies, with Optimus, found that in the key battleground states of Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin Trump, who was down earlier in 2019, was winning by an average of six percentage points in hypothetical match-ups against all current Democratic candidates, including Joe Biden, who was performing well in head-to-head contests against Trump in the polls conducted earlier in the year.

Senator Murphy is right: Americans are speaking two different political languages, but the language of impeachment is a dying one and the sooner it dies out the better.

The toll-free Capitol Switchboard number (1-866-220-0044), we urge CHQ readers and friends to call their Senators to demand that they vote to exonerate President Trump of the charges alleged in both articles of impeachment.

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