It appears that the congressional Republicans who vote to impeach and convict the president won’t be hurting Donald Trump but themselves.
A new poll indicates that Republican voters in battleground states are overwhelmingly less likely to vote in the future for any member of Congress who supports the Democrat-led effort to impeach President Trump.
The poll was conducted by John McLaughlin of McLaughlin & Associates on January 10 and 11, which was after the riot that occurred at the Capitol building on January 6. The poll specifically focused on Republican voters in the battleground states of Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin. All-in-all, about 800 voters were surveyed.
What the pollster found was that 80 percent of pro-Trump voters and 76 percent of Republicans, in general, were less likely to vote for a congressman or congresswoman who votes to impeach President Trump.
That’s something to keep in mind
On Wednesday, the Democrat-led House of Representatives did go ahead and impeach President Trump, accusing him of inciting the violence that took place at the Capitol on January 6. The specific article of impeachment was “incitement of insurrection.”
The vote was 232 to 197. In total, 10 House Republicans voted to impeach. This includes Reps. Liz Cheney (R-WY), Anthony Gonzales (R-OH), Jamie Herrera-Beutler (R-WA), John Katko (R-NY), Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Peter Meijer (R-MI), Dan Newhouse (R-WA), Tom Rice (R-SC), Fred Upton (R-MI), and David Valadao (R-CA).
Cheney in particular, given her high rank in the House, has been criticized for the move. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) has even called for Cheney to resign, and, if she doesn’t, he is calling for her to be removed from her position on the House GOP Conference.
House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has also been criticized for expressing his belief that President Trump “bears responsibility for Wednesday’s attack on Congress by mob rioters.” McCarthy, however, voted not to impeach.
Next up will be the Senate trial, which will not take place until either January 20 or 21. It does not appear likely that Senate Democrats will get enough Republican support to convict President Trump. So far, only Sens. Mitt Romney (R-UT), Ben Sasse (R-NE), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Pat Toomey (R-PA), and Susan Collins (R-ME) have indicated that they might vote to convict.
Voters will be especially keeping an eye on Republican leadership in the Senate. Although Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Josh Hawley (R-MO), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and others have come out against impeachment, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has been ambiguous at best.
McConnell on Wednesday sent around a note to his fellow Senate Republicans in which he said that he has not “made a final decision” on whether to vote to convict President Trump. This came after a New York Times report in which associates of McConnell apparently told the outlet that McConnell believes that President Trump did commit impeachable offenses and that McConnell is pleased that the Democrats are moving forward with impeachment.
If the McLaughlin poll is correct, then the days in Congress of Republicans who don’t fight against this sham impeachment could be numbered.