After violent events at the Capitol last week left five dead many people saw it as the end of the Trump era. It was only days until House Democrats realized their long-waited obsession and voted to impeach Trump a second time. Now, the trial will head to the Senate where Democrats will do their best to sway Republicans to join their side and vote to convict the President. While many Republican Senators are expected to remain loyal to Trump and oppose impeachment the top Republican’s plan isn’t as easy to predict.
Reports that Mitch McConnell supports Trump’s impeachment have been swirling for the better part of a week. However, McConnell’s support could come at a dangerous price as polls are showing that most Republicans do not blame Trump for the Capitol riot and ultimately want to see him in the White House again.
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
Okay, I get it. They’re Trump voters. They’re not leaving, but other polls are also showing the changes that have occurred in the base. When it comes to choosing between Mitch McConnell and Trump, GOP voters break for Trump. It’s not shocking at all. It’s why McConnell’s alliance with Senate Democrats here on impeachment could be a monumental blunder. Does the Capitol Hill riot change the situation? No. As of now, and as it will be until the next election in 2024, Donald J. Trump is bound to be the nominee should he decide to run again. Also, the so-called Trump Republican wing is numerous in their millions — and has the ability to truly chop the more traditional GOP at the knees if the latter does stuff like, I don’t know — support the impeachment of Donald Trump
Big majorities of Republicans still think Trump was right to challenge his election loss, support him, don’t blame him for the Capitol mob and want him to be the Republican nominee in 2024, Margaret Talev and David Nather write.
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. It also shows the peril and opportunity for institutionalists like McConnell trying to reclaim the GOP.
In addition, it helps explain why a majority of House Republicans voted against certifying the election, and against impeachment.
Mitch McConnell may want to reconsider his stance on impeachment because it’s clear America is not ready to let go of Trump.