Impeachment as a boon for Trump, bust for Democrats

Zelie Lorenzana writes for the Federalist about impeachment’s impact on President Trump and his foes.

President Donald Trump has once again sidestepped the pit Democrats dug for him, leaving them to eat their own dirt. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s impeachment efforts, designed to hobble Trump for the 2020 election, has turned into a series of unexpected boons for the president and his party. …

… 1. Congress Passes Trump’s Biggest Bipartisan Trade Bill …

… As Democrats launched their impeachment inquiry, the president and his GOP allies targeted the “do-nothing Democrats” as more invested in a partisan impeachment than in legislating for the good of the American people, pointing to the USMCA as a prime example.

This campaign hit a nerve among vulnerable members of Pelosi’s caucus in districts Trump won heavily, so she quickly called a vote on the USMCA to deflect the relentless criticism and provide these vulnerable Democrats something to show their constituents for the House seats they won in 2018.

2. Polls Move in Trump’s Favor

Prior to the start of the impeachment inquiry, all the top Democratic primary candidates were leading Trump by as much as double digits in the polls. …

… The most telling impeachment effect on polls is occurring in the swing states of Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. Here the president beats all the leading Democratic contenders. The Firehouse/Optimus poll puts Trump ahead of Biden, Sanders, Warren, and Buttigieg by significant margins.

RealClearPolitics’ latest aggregate of polls shows the president hitting his highest job approval rating since his inauguration at 45.6 percent, the best it’s been in three years.

Mitch Kokai / Senior Political Analyst

Mitch Kokai is senior political analyst for the John Locke Foundation. He joined JLF in December 2005 as director of communications. That followed more than four years as chie...

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