After a very bad week for Republicans, it’s nice to see some better news.
According to a new poll taken January 10-11 by the McLaughlin Group, 60% of Americans in battleground states see a second impeachment of President Donald Trump as a waste of time and money, while 70% think Big Tech needs more regulation to prevent censorship.
The House is voting to impeach Trump for a second time on Wednesday, claiming that he incited the Capitol riot by repeating allegations of voter fraud, telling supporters to rally in Washington, D.C. and suggesting they march to the Capitol after his speech.
Trump’s actual language in his speech did not mention violence and used the word “peacefully” to describe the march to the Capitol, however. The legal definition of incitement requires much more specific directives to be violent.
No impeachment, but “yes” to Big Tech regulation
A memo containing the poll’s findings was sent to Trump campaign adviser Jason Miller. Only 23% of those polled favored impeaching Trump, and 65% thought that impeaching him would make the country more divided.
Instead, 77% thought Congress should prioritize fighting the coronavirus over getting rid of Trump, and 48% of all voters said they would be less likely to vote for a lawmaker who supported impeachment.
As far as the reaction to Big Tech’s bans on Trump, 70% thought the platforms “have too much power and need to be regulated to protect the freedoms and privacy of Americans.”
And 74% agreed that “if Twitter, Facebook, and Google can censor and take away the President’s right to free speech they can take away the right to free speech for any American.”
Impeachment not fast enough to remove Trump early
House Democrats are seeking to remove Trump from office as soon as possible even though there are only seven days left until Joe Biden’s inauguration. A vote is expected to take place today, and with all Democrats voting for impeachment, it will pass.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) said the Senate would not come out of recess early to conduct an impeachment trial. Unanimous concent is required to do so, and there are many Republicans in the Senate who don’t think Trump should be impeached based on his actions prior to the riot.
According to former appeals court judge J. Michael Luttig, writing in the Washington Post Wednesday, however, any impeachment trial is unconstitutional once the subject of that trial is out of office.
The entire purpose of impeachment, Luttig writes, is to remove a sitting, elected official while they are still in office because they had done something harmful and couldn’t be allowed the chance to do anything else.
It seems that if Democrats want to prevent Trump from ever running for president again, they’re going to have to find another way.