Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Here’s how Nancy Pelosi can psychologically wreck Trump by stalling impeachment for 36 days

Mod: Not that I'd ever want to wish misery on Orange Boy, but wouldn't this be fun?

Here’s how Nancy Pelosi can psychologically wreck Trump by stalling impeachment for 36 days (Raw Story link): Speaker Nancy Pelosi could drive President Donald Trump off the deep end by refusing to transmit the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump for another 36 days, former George W. Bush speechwriter David Frum explained on Monday.

Frum was interviewed by MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell on “The Last Word” about the standoff between Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on whether there will be a fair Senate trial of Trump.

Frum laid out a theory that he cited to Paul Rosenzweig of the R Street Institute, about how crucial the next 36 days will be.

February 4th is the State of the Union,” Frum noted, of a date that was set by Pelosi — two days after the House of Representatives impeached Trump.

“If there’s been a trial and there’s been a sham here and the Senate has slapped together an acquittal, imagine the tone of President Trump on the 4th of February — triumphal, obnoxious, overbearing, ‘I win, I win, you lose, you lose.’ If the impeachment is still pending on the 4th of February, can you imagine how insane that State of the Union is going to be?” he asked.

“It’s going to be like the twitter feed,” he predicted. “It’s going to be like the Christmas twitter feed when the family is all gone. It’s going to be an hour of paranoia and grievance and narcissism that is going to — as Paul suggests — that will terrify many of its supporters."

"So if it’s not wrapped up by the 4th of February, that could have consequences,” Frum noted.

Bolton Has No Excuse, ‘Must Testify’ Now That Judge Has Dismissed Kupperman’s Lawsuit: Legal Experts (Law & Crime link): A federal judge for the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia on Monday dismissed former John Bolton deputy Dr. Charles Kupperman’s lawsuit against the House of Representatives, leading legal observers to demand, once again, that Bolton testify in the impeachment inquiry. The Kupperman lawsuit sought an authoritative and binding judicial ruling to resolve the question of whether Kupperman was constitutionally obliged to testify in the impeachment inquiry or to abide by President Trump’s directive not to testify.

House Democrats successfully sought to dismiss the lawsuit, claiming it was moot after withdrawing Kupperman’s subpoena. They wanted to avoid the delay protracted litigation would cause to the impeachment proceedings. Nevertheless, Kupperman persisted, culminating in today’s dismissal.

Mod: Happy New Year and all of that jazz. If you're drinking please call an Uber


Monday, December 30, 2019

‘Disgusting’: Internet blasts Trump as Americans learn of his latest call with Putin from the Kremlin

Mod: Why interrupt a fun tax payer funded holiday golf trip to your own resort when you have a publicist named Vladimir to handle such details?

‘Disgusting’: Internet blasts Trump for Americans learning of latest call with Putin from the Kremlin (Raw Story link): Once again, it was Moscow that told the United States people and press about a call between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump.

According to the Kremlin readout, Putin thanked Trump for intelligence “transmitted through the channels of U.S. special services,” which “helped thwart terrorist acts in Russia.”

Many on Twitter were particularly bothered by the lack of details about the call. Trump was on the golf course most of Sunday, prompting questions of whether he took the call from the links and if any national security officials were on hand to listen in to the call and record the necessary information.

Due to the lack of information released to the press, it’s unknown if there were further things addressed in the call.

According to CNN, the White House still hasn’t confirmed the call even took place. Former national security aid Samantha Vinograd noted in an interview with CNN that nothing Trump does is for nothing and he operations on a very transactional basis. She wondered if Trump handed over this intelligence, what he was demanding in return.

Mod: Many of America's finest thinkers are hard at work answering Trump's challenge on the homeless problem. Here's one solution.

Mod: Does anyone know how much low income housing Trump built when he was a developer? Chicago presents another opportunity that should be looked into.

Trump Tower Chicago Hotel Is Losing Money Hand Over Fist (Vanity Fair link)


Sunday, December 29, 2019

America’s Christians are headed for huge collision course thanks to Trump — Christianity Today just tip of the iceberg

Mod: The Evangelical movement is paying a very large price thanks to the Marmalade Messiah. One that just maybe it can no longer afford. Just don't go believing the hype.

America’s Christians are headed for huge collision course thanks to Trump — Christianity Today just the tip of the iceberg (Raw Story link): According to a report from Reuters, the editorial calling for Donald Trump’s ouster published in Christianity Today — which rocked the evangelical world and provoked a furious response from the president — exposed a growing rift within the evangelical movement that is forcing many followers to question their faith.

The editorial, written by chief editor Mark Galli and published by the venerable magazine founded by Bill Graham, stated, ” “Consider how your justification of Mr. Trump influences your witness to your Lord and Savior. Consider what an unbelieving world will say if you continue to brush off Mr. Trump’s immoral words and behavior in the cause of political expediency. If we don’t reverse course now, will anyone take anything we say about justice and righteousness with any seriousness for decades to come?” Reuters reports those words, and the resulting furor laid bare a movement at the crossroads.

“The Dec. 19 editorial sparked a Christmas holiday debate over religion in U.S. politics, and posed new questions about the close alignment between white evangelical voters and Trump, who has given their beliefs strong political support,” the report states, adding, “There has been a big drop-off in white evangelical church participation among adults under 40, and publications such as Christianity Today and religious leaders are struggling to engage ‘Gen Z,’ or those born after 1996.” According to Greg Carey, a professor at Lancaster Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania, “One of the major factors is that the church is too tied up in right-wing politics.”

Napp Nazworth, who resigned as politics editor of the Christian Post, after agreeing with the op-ed, explained, “Having to go out and defend this guy day after day, as many of these Trump evangelicals are doing, they’re just destroying their credibility.”

Evangelicalism, like all forms of Christianity in the United States, is struggling to attract younger members, amid an unprecedented surge in recent years of the number of people identifying as religiously unaffiliated,” the report states. “White evangelical protestants declined as a proportion of the U.S. population between 2006 and 2018, falling to 15% from 23%, according to analysis by the Public Religion Research Institute.”

“Younger evangelicals are put off by church leaders’ seemingly unconditional support for Trump despite his ‘cruel’ treatment of migrants and deregulation that could damage the environment, said Marlena Graves, a Christian author on faith, culture and justice, who signed the petition,” Reuters reports, with Graves explaining, “No political party embodies Jesus’s teaching closely. You can’t depend on government to do what Jesus says because, oftentimes, you have to go against the government.”


Saturday, December 28, 2019

Brain Spurs: George Conway accuses Trump of faking mental incompetence to get out of being impeached

Mod: Interesting theory, but is Trump really that good of an actor?

George Conway accuses Trump of faking mental incompetence to get out of being impeached (Raw Story link): In a late-night tweet on Friday, conservative attorney George Conway, husband of counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway, looked at the barrage of tweets sent out by Donald Trump and speculated that the president was trying to give the impression he might not be mentally stable enough to face an impeachment trial.

After the president finally stopped retweeting random commenters complimenting him on how he is doing his job, Conway took to Twitter himself to write: “It’s as though @realDonaldTrump is trying to establish that he’s not mentally competent to stand trial on the articles of impeachment. Too bad for him, though, that there’s no legal basis for a mental competence requirement in the impeachment process. #IMPOTUS.”

Pro-Trump Evangelical: Sin, Not Carbon Dioxide, Is What’s Driving Climate Change (The Intellectualist link): During a recent appearance on “The Jim Bakker Show,” Religious Right activist Mary Colbert asserted that climate change is the result of human sin and is being manipulated by Satan to influence humanity, according to Right Wing Watch.

On the show, Colbert said, “The devil knows what is in the word of God. I truly believe that because he knows what the word says—that toward the End Times, earthquakes, tornadoes, storms, all these things are going to happen as the birth pangs of the return of Jesus Christ—now the enemy is trying to change that narrative for the mindset of the people that this has to do with climate change, so that they can believe it’s something outside of their control that is happening.”

Colbert and her husband were both listed as being some of the “Christian leaders” supporting Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.


Friday, December 27, 2019

Moscow Mitch McConnell should be running scared instead of gloating about Trump impeachment

Mod: Moscow Mitch, Putin's other bitch, is also a target of the impeachment craze now sweeping America. Here is how the Mitch Hunt works.

New poll shows how Mitch McConnell should be running scared instead of gloating about Trump impeachment (Raw Story link): A new poll released on Christmas Day shows record-level support among U.S. voters for the ouster of President Donald Trump—a finding that indicates the Republican Party’s effort to obstruct accountability for the president is not having the desired result.

The daily tracking poll from Microsoft News published Wednesday asked respondents if they “support or oppose the Senate voting to remove President from office?” It found that while 55% of people support only 40% oppose—a dramatic surge for those backing Trump’s ouster and a record for the poll that has been asking that same question since late September of this year.

Notable in the responses was the dramatic swing since the poll was taken just one week ago, when 48% were in favor and 47% opposed. “This polling is a clear sign that [the] Republican policy of complete obstruction is not selling well to [the] voting public,” said David Rothschild, an economist at Microsoft Research.

In a series of tweets, Rothschild explained why the tracking poll figures present a troubling trend for Trump and his Republican enablers. “When you follow polling daily, you learn people rarely make big jumps from Opposition to Support, but slowly move through don’t know or third-party,” he said.

Also striking in the data was the number of people moving from “oppose” to “don’t know,” he said, and the “big moment will be if [those kinds of voters] reach support for conviction.”

The MN poll is not the only survey of recent days to show Americans more in favor of Trump’s removal than opposed.

A HuffPost-YouGov poll taken just prior to the Christmas holiday (Dec. 20-22), showed 47% in favor of the Senate voting to convict Trump compared to 42% who opposed. Just days earlier, a Morning Consult-Politico poll showed slightly higher numbers in favor of removing Trump, with 51% supporting and 42% opposed.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has drawn increasing levels of ire and criticism over his vows to coordinate the Senate trial directly with the Trump White HouseMSNBC host Chris Hayes argued on Thursday that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made a “big tactical error” by admitting on Fox News that he was in lockstep with President Donald Trump’s defense team as the coming impeachment trial looms.

In light of Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s criticism of McConnell’s claims of a complete alliance with the White House as the Senate takes over impeachment is was disturbing, and she said it might confuse voters, Hayes said the leader’s blunder has become clear.


Thursday, December 26, 2019

Microsoft News Poll: 55% Favor Trump Removal, 40% Oppose

Who would you vote for: 
Democratic Party Nominee: 49% 
Trump: 40% 

Country moving in right/wrong Direction: 
Wrong Direction: 58% 
Right Direction: 32% 

Link here.

Mod: According to the following story, Donald launched a Twitter storm last night that was not at all in the Christmas spirit. This just half a day after he had called for a "culture of deeper understanding and respect" (link). My guess is his collapsed poll numbers could have something to do with it.

Trump goes off on nonsensical Christmas rant against Nancy Pelosi (Raw Story link): President Donald Trump went off on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) Christmas night, saying that the House shouldn’t have the right to impeach him.

He began by saying that impeachment is illegitimate because he was able to ensure all of the Republicans would hold the line for him. It isn’t entirely true. One Republican declared his displeasure against Trump early on in the process. He was quickly kicked out of the Republican Party, and the party is attempting to remove him from office. It was a signal to other Republicans who want to keep their seats in office.

The Senate, on the other hand, has been a different animal. Some Republicans have been willing to say that they don’t support a “shame trial” that is being suggested by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). The latest is former Republican-turned Independent Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who said Wednesday that she was “disturbed” by McConnell. Trump’s fans unleashed on her.

Trump then returned to his tired claims that the call was “perfect,” and the leader being blackmailed didn’t feel like he was being blackmailed.

“Now Pelosi is demanding everything the Republicans weren’t allowed to have in the House,” Trump claimed. It’s unclear what he’s talking about. If Pelosi is asking for access to things, it would presumably mean she didn’t have access to it.

Mod: The old boy is feeling the heat.


Wednesday, December 25, 2019

How can Christians be Trump supporters?

Mod: An interesting editorial from INFORUM, which is an on-line website affiliated with WDAY, a local news oriented television station out of Fargo, North Dakota.

Forum Editorial: How can Christians be Trump supporters? (INFORUM link): At this time of year when Christians are celebrating the birth of Christ, and at a time when our country is more polarized than ever, we're pondering a riddle: Should avowed Christians support President Trump? Frankly, it's difficult to conceive of a high office holder whose personal life and divisive leadership are less Christ-like than those of Trump.

It’s easy to come up with examples, in fact, of Trump’s statements and actions that utterly contradict the teachings of Jesus.

Jesus taught his followers to welcome the stranger and not to oppress foreigners. Trump has railed against illegal immigrants, sought to ban Muslim immigrants and has sharply reduced the number of refugees allowed into the country.

Jesus taught compassion for the poor and downtrodden. He told his followers how they treat the poor is how they treat Him. The poor don’t figure among the Trump administration’s priorities.

Jesus taught his followers to love your neighbors — and even your enemies — while Trump has sewed division, turning this into a country that hates its neighbors. Jesus said that the meek shall inherit the earth and told his followers to turn the other cheek; Trump demonizes anyone who disagrees with him.

One of the Ten Commandments is not to bear false witness against your neighbor; Trump lies habitually. Another commandment forbids adultery; Trump made hush payments to conceal dalliances with a former Playmate model and stripper.

In short, there is a fundamental conflict between what Jesus taught and demanded of his followers and what Trump says and does. We ask: If you call yourself a Christian, how can you be a Trump supporter? Are we missing something? Trump clearly has pandered to the religious right, one of his key constituencies.

Many conservative Christians praise Trump for his judicial appointments; he has named two justices to the Supreme Court and a slate of federal judges who were vetted by conservatives for their views, notably opposition to abortion. Religious conservatives yearn, among other goals, to reverse Roe vs. Wade, the 1973 decision legalizing abortion.

If that’s the case, they have struck an unsavory bargain. They’ve made a whopping “ends justifies the means” rationalization — and placed themselves on a morally slippery slope. Where will that downward path lead? Is that bargain worth it?

Some observations by Timothy J. Keller, an influential evangelical leader and theologian who was recently interviewed by The Atlantic, are worth noting here. He believes “most Christians are just nowhere nearly as deeply immersed in the scripture and in theology as they are in their respective social-media bubbles and news feed bubbles. To be honest, I think the ‘woke’ evangelicals are just much more influenced by MSNBC and liberal Twitter. The conservative Christians are much more influenced by Fox News and their particular loops.”

Both, Keller said, were immersed in those worlds eight to 10 hours a day, and go to church once a week “and they’re just not immersed in the kind of biblical-theological study that would nuance that stuff.”

Regardless of one’s faith tradition, Trump stands as a leader who has shredded norms and values and morals. He has undeniably used his office for personal gain — and for the benefit of his sons, daughter and son-in-law — yet the far-right refuses to hold him accountable.

We are supposed to be a nation of laws, not of men. Our Constitution spells out separation of powers as well as checks and balances between equal branches of government.

However we deal with Trump’s misconduct, there will be consequences, for the country and for conservative causes. We want a viable, upright conservative party to shape policy.

Those who believe they are being loyal to a party for their support of Trump should think of the long term, not merely of the next election, and should think of their country before their party. And they might ask, What would Jesus do?

We have news for Christians. Trump wasn’t a Christian before he took office, and he won’t be after he leaves office.

Mod: Merry Christmas.


Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Donald 'Happy Holiday' Trump: People Are Saying ‘Merry Christmas Again’ Thanks to Him?

Mod: The secret is out. Donald was for having  a 'Happy Holiday' before he was against it.

Trump: People Are Saying ‘Merry Christmas Again’ Thanks to Him (Rolling Stone link): President Donald Trump saved America’s right to speak the words “Merry Christmas.”

That’s what Trump told the conservative student group, Turning Point USA, during a speech on Sunday in Florida. Trump explained that during his 2016 candidacy he promised to fix the issue of “they” attempting to take the word “'Christmas’ out of Christmas.

“Do you remember they were trying to take ‘Christmas’ out of Christmas? Do you remember? They didn’t want to let you say ‘Merry Christmas,’” the president said.

Trump then said that because he stated, during the campaign, “They are going to say Merry Christmas again.” And now, he said, “They are.” The president continued, “That’s the least of it, too. Because we got a lot of things that they’re doing that they weren’t doing.”

The so-called war on Christmas trope has been ginned up Fox News for years and has little to no truth. Eric Trump, during a 2016 interview, used the false claim that the White House’s “National Christmas Tree” was renamed the “holiday tree” under Obama, as one of the motivating factors for his dad to seek the presidency.

A simple Twitter search shows at least 12 results of former president Obama wishing the nation “Merry Christmas” dating back to 2009.

However, we did find a prominent non-political figure spreading “Happy Holiday” cheer in 2010.


Monday, December 23, 2019

Christianity Today receives big boost in new subscriptions after calling for Trump’s removal, editor in chief says

Mod: Yesterday some peanut left a piece of nasty disinformation in the comments claiming that Christianity Today Editor in Chief Mark Galli had resigned. This because he had published an editorial declaring the Mango Madman morally unfit to continue as president. Apparently this was fake news as there is no story on-line corroborating this. Instead Christianity Today magazine has increased its subscription base, proving all over again that even in an era of immoral presidential lying truth remains a best business practice.

Christianity Today receives boost in new subscriptions after calling for Trump’s removal, editor in chief says (CNBC link): The Christian magazine that published a blistering editorial calling for President Donald Trump’s removal from office over his “blackened moral record” has received a boost in subscribers despite a public backlash among leading evangelicals, according to the publication’s editor in chief.

Mark Galli, the editor in chief of Christianity Today who authored the op-ed, acknowledged to MSNBC on Sunday that the magazine has lost subscribers, but he said there has also been an outpouring of support.

“A stereotypical response is ‘thank you, thank you, thank you’ with a string of a hundred exclamation points — ‘you’ve said what I’ve been thinking but haven’t been able to articulate, I’m not crazy,‘” Galli said of the response from supporters. “We have lost subscribers but we’ve had 3 times as many people start to subscribe.“

In the editorial published Thursday, Galli argued that Trump’s effort to use his power as president to coerce a foreign leader to investigate Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden “is not only a violation of the Constitution; more importantly, it is profoundly immoral.“

Galli called on evangelicals who continue to support Trump “despite his blackened moral record” to “remember who you are and whom you serve. Consider how your justification of Mr. Trump influences your witness to your Lord and Savior.“

Mod: The mind of the dim bulb in chief remains windmilling in darkness.

Trump Blames Obama For Lightbulb Law That Bush Signed (Politicus USA link): The full White House has joined Trump’s lightbulb jihad, and they’re blaming Obama for a law that Bush signed in 2007.

Republicans are complaining about the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. The title of the bill gives away the problem. Obama wasn’t president in 2007, so he could not have signed the legislation into law. The lightbulbs that have so enraged Trump became law under Republican president George W. Bush.

video link here
The Obama lightbulb conspiracy has been floating around in conservative and right-wing media for years. What began as Obama’s lightbulb socialism has morphed into Trump and the Executive Branch of the United States government declaring war on lightbulbs. Trump has been ranting about lightbulbs for months. In October, he said, “Of course, who cares about looks? But you do look better with incandescent, but they weren’t allowed, and you have the privilege of buying now a much more expensive bulb, under the passed rules, much more expensive bulb that doesn’t have a good looking light, but maybe very importantly when the bulb is out, and not good, it’s literally considered a hazardous waste site because of all the gasses. If it breaks, you’re supposed to bring it to a certain location, and I say who does that? Nobody. Nobody.”

Right-wing conspiracies and false information are the basis for policymaking under Trump. Bush’s lightbulbs are what Trump is obsessed with, and the president wouldn’t look so orange if he wasn’t slathering bronzing makeup on his face all day.


Sunday, December 22, 2019

Half of active-duty service members are unhappy with Trump, new Military Times poll shows

Mod: Apparently Cadet Bonespurs is rapidly losing favor with active duty military members. Not surprising.

Half of active-duty service members are unhappy with Trump, new Military Times poll shows (Military Times link): President Donald Trump received a loud ovation when he participated in the coin toss ahead of last Saturday’s Army-Navy football rivalry game in Philadelphia. But troops’ actual feelings about the commander in chief appear much more ambivalent in the latest Military Times survey.

Half of active-duty military personnel contacted in the poll held an unfavorable view of President Trump, showing a continued decline in his approval rating since he was elected in 2016.

Trump’s 42 percent approval in the latest poll, conducted from Oct. 23 to Dec. 2, sets his lowest mark in the survey since being elected president. Some 50 percent of troops said they had an unfavorable view of him. By comparison, just a few weeks after his electoral victory in November 2016, 46 percent of troops surveyed had a positive view of the businessman-turned-politician, and 37 percent had a negative opinion.

58 percent of those polled said they disapprove of Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. forces from northern Syria in the face of Turkish military advances.

When asked about Trump’s decision to use military construction funds to build his controversial southern border wall, 59 percent said they disapprove of his decision. More than half rated current U.S. relations with “traditional allies” like NATO as poor.


Donald's pal Putin says impeachment case against Trump is "fabricated"

Mod: Face it, Putin does know an awful lot about political fabrication. And doesn't he sound a lot like Leningrad Lindsay and Moscow Mitch? Like they were reading from the exact same playbook. Or something.

Putin says impeachment case against Trump is "fabricated" (MSN link): Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that U.S. Democrats had impeached President Donald Trump for "fabricated" reasons in order to reverse his 2016 election victory. Putin, speaking at his annual year-end news conference, said he expected Trump to survive the proceedings and stay in office.

The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to impeach Trump, but Putin, like most observers, said he expected the Republican Senate to acquit him.

"It's unlikely they will want to remove from power a representative of their party based on what are, in my opinion, completely fabricated reasons," said Putin.

"This is simply a continuation of the (U.S.) intra-political battle where one party that lost an election, the Democratic Party, is trying to achieve results using other methods and means.

"They first accused Trump of a conspiracy with Russia. Then it turned out there wasn't a conspiracy and that it couldn't be the basis for impeachment. Now they have dreamt up (the idea) of some kind of pressure being exerted on Ukraine."

Putin nevertheless criticized the United States in general for what he called unfriendly steps towards Russia, saying Moscow had adopted a policy of responding in kind. In particular, he complained about what he said was a refusal to respond to Moscow's proposals to extend the New START arms control treaty, which limits the number of strategic nuclear warheads that the world's two biggest nuclear powers can deploy.

Regarded by many experts as the only thing preventing an unfettered arms race between the two Cold War rivals, the treaty can be extended for another five years, beyond its expiry date in February 2021, by mutual agreement.

"So far there's been no answer to our proposals," said Putin. "And if the New START treaty doesn't exist anymore, there will be nothing in the world to curb the arms race. And that, in my view, would be bad."


Saturday, December 21, 2019

New POLITICO/Morning Consult poll shows that a clear majority approves of Trump's impeachment

Mod: The first poll since Trump was impeached is now out and shows that people really don't have problem with it. Are you at all surprised?

Poll: Majority approves of Trump's impeachment (Politico link): A majority of voters approve of the House of Representatives’ impeachment of President Donald Trump earlier this week, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll conducted in the immediate aftermath of the vote. The narrow majority who approve, 52 percent, is greater than the 43 percent who disapprove of the House voting to impeach Trump, the poll shows. Five percent of voters have no opinion on Trump’s impeachment.

The new forever stamp.
Support for impeachment breaks sharply among party lines. Among Democrats, 85 percent approve of the House’s action, and only 12 percent disapprove. Approval among Republicans is only 16 percent, compared with 81 percent who disapprove.

Among independents, 48 percent approve of the House passing articles of impeachment and 41 percent disapprove.

After the House vote on Wednesday, the impeachment fight will move — eventually — to the GOP-controlled Senate, where Republicans are confident they can stop the charges in their tracks. But public opinion on whether to actually remove Trump from office is virtually identical: Fifty-two percent would approve of the Senate voting to convict Trump, while 42 percent would disapprove.

The POLITICO/Morning Consult poll, conducted Dec. 19-20, is the first national survey to measure public opinion on the impeachment vote. Prior to the vote, POLITICO/ Morning Consult polls showed slightly greater support for impeaching Trump than other public surveys.

Trump’s impeachment is also being framed as a campaign issue, with Republicans crowing that vulnerable Democrats who voted for the articles of impeachment are sacrificing their reelection chances. In the poll, 43 percent of voters say they are more likely to vote for a member of Congress who supported impeachment, while 34 percent say they are less likely. Sixteen percent say a member’s vote on impeachment wouldn’t have an impact on their vote.