On Tuesday, House Democrats pushed for impeachment against President Trump. The resurgence of impeachment talks began after the release of a hearsay allegation that claims Trump is conspiring with the Ukrainian government.
The “whistleblower” who submitted allegations against Trump has no firsthand knowledge of the phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Therefore, neither did Democrats. Even without evidence, they pushed for impeachment.
On Wednesday, the Trump administration declassified the call between Trump and Zelensky. If there were evidence of misconduct in the transcript, which there is not, Democrats would have a case for impeachment. Regardless, they did not wait for the transcript, but instead took the whistleblower’s word and ran with it.
According to a new Politico/Morning Consult poll, only 37 percent of voters support impeachment proceedings. Despite these numbers, Democrats continue to pursue an agenda the majority of Americans don’t support.
Trump believes impeachment proceedings could actually help his reelection campaign, and the fundraising dollars show it.
Politico reported that after Democrats ramped up talks of impeachment Tuesday, the RNC sent fundraising emails urging conservative voters to join the “Official Impeachment Defense Task Force,” and Trump’s reelection campaign netted about $1 million.
The RNC and Trump’s reelection campaign are also targeting vulnerable Democrats calling for Trump’s impeachment. Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Mich., a freshman congresswoman calling for Trump’s impeachment, won her 2018 seat in a district that Trump won in 2016. Slotkin was the first target in the RNC’s anti-impeachment fundraising emails.
I swore an oath to protect and defend the Constitution. If true, these new allegations against the President are a threat to our national security, and constitute an impeachable offense. https://t.co/oCkAuT94O7
— Elissa Slotkin (@ElissaSlotkin) September 24, 2019
The RNC garnered $350,000 in anti-Slotkin fundraising money. Politico reports half of these donations will go to Trump’s reelection campaign, and the other half will go to the eventual Republican nominee that runs against Slotkin in Michigan.
Recent polls have Trump losing the 2020 election to Joe Biden or Elizabeth Warren by razor-thin margins. Biden holds the lead over Trump by only one point, while Warren holds the lead over Trump by two.
These numbers came in prior to Democrats calling for impeachment. If impeachment talks truly do rally the base and pull moderate voters to the right, these polling numbers could flip favorably for Trump in the upcoming weeks.