by Frank Holmes, reporter
Even as the Democrats prepped articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, a new poll shows just how badly the whole thing backfired.
President Donald Trump’s popularity is up—way up. Trump leads every one of the Democratic Party’s presidential hopefuls, according to a new USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll.
Joe Biden comes the closest, losing to the president by three points.
It’s all downhill from there.
Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont loses to Trump by 5 points. Trump beats Sen. Elizabeth Warren by 8 points.
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg jumped into the presidential race, because he says he’s the most electable—even though he has the highest negatives of anyone in the field. Donald Trump would trounce his Big Apple rival by 9 points.
Finally, Trump whips South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg in a head-to-head race by a whopping 10 points.
This is the best the Democratic Party has to offer—and it all falls flat. And the news is even worse than it sounds.
Donald Trump beats Democrats, in the middle of an impeachment hearing, in a national poll that samples the total population. But elections aren’t won or lost based on total votes; you win in the Electoral College.
Winning a national poll means that Trump is drawing more support than expected in liberal strongholds like California and New York, or he’s making big inroads with black and Hispanic voters, who are enjoying record-breaking employment levels.
The poll has so freaked out the media that they’ve tried to talk down their own results.
USA Today said the poll it conducted is “hardly a reliable indicator about what the eventual outcome will be, especially when the other nominee hasn’t been chosen.”
“Experts said that as with other polls taken a year before the November 2020 presidential election, this one is hardly a reliable indicator about the eventual outcome,” reported the International Business Times.
That sounds like the media admitting that they produce fake news. But that’s a far cry from how they reported polls that showed a Democrat—any Democrat—leading Trump, anywhere.
When a poll in August showed Democrats leading Donald Trump, there were no warnings that it was too early to predict the outcome of the 2020 election. Talking heads treated that like a word from the prophets.
The Hill could hardly contain itself when it reported another, tiny poll that found “All 2020 Democrats but Warren Beat Trump in New Hampshire.” But Trump lost New Hampshire by a hair in 2016—and still won the election.
CNN’s been saying Trump will lose the next election for almost two years.
The New York Times ran a story in January explaining, “Why Trump will lose in 2020.”
Never Trumpers websites love quoting pollsters when they predict Trump will come up short in November 2020.
New York Magazine claimed, “If This Fox News Poll is Right, Trump Will Lose in 2020.”
The media even fell over themselves to cover washed-up former Connecticut Governor Lowell Weicker calling Trump a “disgrace” and bluffing that the president will “find if he runs, he’ll be defeated in the next election.”
What changed since between these poll results? You can boil it down to one word: impeachment.
A majority of voters don’t want Donald Trump impeached and removed from office, according to a recent Quinnipiac poll…but the Democrats just pressed on.
They thought impeachment would guarantee Trump becomes unpopular enough to defeat him in 2020—and it’s blown up in their face.
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Rep. Al Green, a Texas Democrat, admitted, “ I’m concerned that if we don’t impeach this president, he will get re-elected. If we don’t impeach him.”
Hillary Clinton, who has said, “maybe there does need to be a rematch” of the last election—“I mean, obviously, I can beat him again”—has also admitted impeachment is an election strategy.
“There are a lot of forecasters who are saying, ‘Look, if the economy stays in good shape and he’s not impeached, or he’s impeached but not convicted, it’s going to be very, very hard’” for any Democrat to win the 2020 election, she said in October.
But people who aren’t blinded by anti-Trump hatred always saw this was going to come back to haunt Democrats. Senator Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said House Democrats are “going to be stampeded to impeach Trump because they hate him so much…but it’s going to result in him getting reelected.”
Graham, who ran the House impeachment against Bill Clinton in 1998, knows what he’s talking about, as this poll shows.
If the Democrats aren’t careful, they’re going to impeach Donald Trump right into a second term.
Frank Holmes is a veteran journalist and an outspoken conservative that talks about the news that was in his weekly article, “On The Holmes Front.”