The Russia scandal is big, but among the growing number of voters who favor impeaching Trump in the Politico/Morning Consult poll, the reason they want the President removed from office isn’t crimes, but that he is unfit to occupy the Oval Office.
The Morning Consult/Politico poll has been one of the more favorable polls to Trump, but even their poll revealed that support for impeachment has grown from 38% to 43% since their last poll.
Morning Consult reported on their poll, “For the Americans who said they want to see Republicans impeach a sitting president of their own party, their desire appears to be borne from the notion that Trump is generally unfit for office. More than half (54 percent) of the voters who said Trump should be impeached said it was because “he is unfit to serve,” while 43 percent said it was because they thought Trump had committed an impeachable offense, such as treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors. A majority of Democrats (54 percent) and independents (56 percent) who said Trump should be impeached cited a lack of fitness for the presidency, while a slim plurality of Republicans (48 percent) agreed.”
Even if Republicans can hold off the Russia scandal, the most damaging perception for their party will be the Trump is unfit for office. Trump continues to demonstrate with his behavior that he is a person who is not fit to lead the country. The Russia scandal is viewed by many voters as the path to remove an unfit president, but they don’t yet believe that crimes have been proven should necessitate his removal from office.
Instead, voters want Trump out because he is not fit to be president. The odds of the President being removed from office using the 25th Amendment are zero, so it is going to be up to the voters to first put a check on this president by giving Democrats a majority in all or part of Congress in 2018, and then following that up by removing him from office at the ballot box in 2020.
Democrats as a party must be willing to argue that Donald Trump is unfit to serve as President. It only feels like a matter of time until support for removing Trump from office becomes a majority in nearly every credible poll. No one should fear the argument that Trump is unfit to serve.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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