With just seven days before the inauguration of the 46th President of the United States, the GOP Senate Majority Mitch McConnell is reportedly “pleased” the House of Representatives will impeach President Trump for the second time. This time he faces conviction by the U.S. Senate.
Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has stuck with President Trump as if he was super glued to him the past four years. Now reports by The New York Times and Washington Post indicate McConnell has had enough and is viewing Trump’s second impeachment as an opportunity to purge him from the Republican Party. By doing so, banning him from running for any other public office.
Senator McConnell has refused to take President Trump’s phone calls since he recognized President-elect Joe Biden’s victory on the Senate floor on December 15, 2020. The historic January 6, 2021 insurrection, the loss of the two Georgia senate seats that renders McConnell, the incoming minority leader, have infuriated the long time Kentucky lawmaker.
Several Republicans in The House of Representatives led by Adam Daniel Kinzinger (R-IL) and Liz Cheney (R-WY), former Vice President Dick Cheney’s daughter, have let it be known they intend to vote for impeachment. There are now indications as many as 30 members of the House GOP caucus will vote to impeach President Donald J. Trump.
CNN’s White House correspondent Jim Acosta reported last night just how serious the impeachment threat is becoming…
“I talked to a Trump advisor this evening who said, listen, Trump is in serious trouble tonight, Republicans in the House and the Senate may decide that now is the time to quote ‘tear the Band-Aid off.’
“Mitch McConnell, the Senate Republican leader, did today in the Senate, essentially sending a signal to his caucus that they can go ahead and vote however they want, in all of this, that the presidents’ days could be numbered, and by that, I don’t mean the number eight as in how many days he has left in office. It could be fewer than that.”
Acosta went on to say…
“I did talk to a senior Trump campaign advisor that said some of the president’s advisors are trying in vain to warn and threaten and intimidate fellow Republicans not to vote to impeach the president and remove him from office.”
Jim Acosta says White House fears GOP is ready to get rid of Trump for good
Meanwhile the White House appears like a deer caught in oncoming headlights. While the debate over impeaching President Donald Trump for his role in inciting the violent insurrection that saw thousands of Trump supporters invade, loot and damage the U.S. Capitol Building.
And according to multiple news sources, White House officials aren’t even trying to reach out to Republican House and Senate members to urge them to oppose both the President’s impeachment and his conviction.
The right-wing media appears to be taking the position expressed by Fox & Friends’ Brian Kilmeade that insurrection on January 6, 2021, was no worse than violent clashes in Portland, Oregon, over the summer. However, there are cracks in that position that were expressed to Kilmeade by his fellow co-host Steve Doocy, who strongly expressed his disagreement and said…
“I don’t think what they were doing in Portland was trying to overthrow the democracy.”
Fox political analyst Brit Hume detailed the other argument being used by Trump’s remaining supporters. Hume has said and has been confirmed by other reporters in the news media like Jonathan Swan that “there’s no sign the President’s lost his base.” In recent polling, Trump is showing he remains popular with over 70% of Republicans. This, however, is tempered by a nationwide approval rating of just 34%.
A new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll shows Trump’s approval at just 34 percent, the lowest in four years of tracking opinions of the president’s job performance. More than six in 10 voters — 63 percent — disapprove.
The Politico poll is very consistent with other polls conducted over the past week showing Trump’s approval rating sliding roughly 10 points following the Capitol riots — which Democrats and some Republicans say Trump incited with his false and bellicose rhetoric about the 2020 presidential election.
FiveThirtyEight rates the unpopularity of Donald Trump at 1,455 days as:
Disapproval Rating of the President
There are reports of some Congress members led by Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) are attempting to negotiate a censure instead of impeachment, but that compromise doesn’t seem likely.
Democrat makes case for impeachment