A new poll from Axios-Ipsos shows Republicans are siding with President Trump over Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who signaled support of a second impeachment.
The numbers are actually quite astounding.
The poll was conducted during the early part of this week – when impeachment discussions were in full swing, and Democrats and the mainstream media were assailing the President for allegedly having incited an insurrection involving white supremacists at the Capitol.
“Republicans across the U.S. are siding with President Trump over Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — big time,” Axios writes.
The results show a vast majority of Republicans do not hold Trump responsible for the Capitol riots, believe he has a right to challenge the election, and still support him, with Trump supporters even sticking with him as their preferred nominee in 2024.
Republicans across the U.S. are siding with President Trump over Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — big time — according to a new Axios-Ipsos poll. https://t.co/jqkhRlfE6O pic.twitter.com/CgnV3xLttp
— Axios (@axios) January 14, 2021
The GOP Is Still Trump’s Party, Not Mitch McConnell’s – Poll
The Axios report is remarkable considering the fact that President Trump was a victim of character assassination by the usual suspects – the Democrat media – over the last several days, but also by Republican lawmakers.
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) accused the President of having “summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack” in describing his actions leading up to the Capitol riots.
“There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution,” she dramatized.
BREAKING: House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney announces she will vote to impeach President Trump. pic.twitter.com/zbs510SQgJ
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) January 12, 2021
Mitch McConnell (R-KY) meanwhile, reportedly viewed the Democrats’ effort to impeach the president as a means to “help rid the Republican Party of Trump and his movement.”
80% of Trump voters and 76% of Republicans in Battleground states are less likely to vote for a Member of Congress/U.S. Senator who votes for impeachment.
“Mitch McConnell Said to be Pleased About Trump Impeachment Efforts – The New York Times” https://t.co/AgL9JlkqeE
— Jason Miller (@JasonMillerinDC) January 12, 2021
And yet, 64 percent of Republicans said they support Trump’s recent behavior, 57 percent of Republicans said he should be the 2024 GOP candidate, and just 17 percent think he should be removed from office.
Traditional Republicans Are in Trouble
Cowardice by some Republicans in siding with Democrats appears to be backfiring as the poll clearly shows support for Trump and not squishy lawmakers like Mitch McConnell.
McConnell, despite his reported support for ridding the party of the President and his supporters, has yet to commit to a vote on conviction in the Senate.
But he’s clearly got a voter problem.
“The survey shows why Trump could run again in 2024 (and possibly win) if he isn’t convicted — or banned from holding federal office — by the Senate,” Axios reports.
“It also shows the peril and opportunity for institutionalists like McConnell trying to reclaim the GOP.”
.@ByronDonalds .@kilmeade .@SteveDoocy Pres Trump didn’t intend for violence to occur. He told rally goers to protest peacefully. Most lawyers & Jonathan Turley, Alan Dersh, Andrew Mccarthy say his Jan 6 speech didn’t come close to meeting threshold for incitement. Also https://t.co/NUjt0JZQYy
— Convfefe (@CovfefeForT) January 14, 2021
Fox News personality Tucker Carlson recently commented on what impeachment would mean for the President.
“By impeaching the president during his final week in office, Congress will not succeed in discrediting Trump among Republican voters,” he cautioned. “In fact, it will enhance Donald Trump among Republican voters. Obviously!”
Axios’ report and polling seem to confirm Carlson’s assessment.
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