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‘Americans Understand’: MSNBC’s Morning Joe Explains Stunning New Surge in Support for Trump Impeachment

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MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough explained why it’s not hard to understand why public support is growing for the impeachment and removal of President Donald Trump.

A new Washington Post-Schar School poll shows Americans support the House impeachment inquiry, by a 58-38 percent margin, and 49 percent say the House should impeach Trump and call for his removal, compared to just 6 percent who back the inquiry but do not want to see the president removed from office.

“Half of Americans support Donald Trump’s removal from office,” Scarborough said, “and I think part of it is, you could read through the Mueller report — and so many Republicans on the Hill didn’t read through it or a lot of Americans didn’t read through it, there’s a lot there to digest. But if you read it, it’s obvious this president is not acting in America’s best interest.”

The “Morning Joe” host said the Ukraine scandal, Trump’s call for China to investigate Joe Biden, and now his baffling decision to abandon the Kurds in Syria, are not nearly as complicated as the Russia investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller.

“He calls Ukraine, and this is a country recently invaded by Russia, he’s holding up $391 million in defense money,” Scarborough said. “Why? For his campaign’s benefit. So he extorts the leader of a democratic ally, Americans can understand that — misusing the office for his political gain.”

“He makes a call to China, somebody that he has said is our enemy, but he calls China and he’s talking and what does he do?” Scarborough continued. “He not only says it on TV, he says it in a phone call a couple months back, reportedly, and he says, ‘Help my campaign out, I need you to investigate the guy who’s ahead of me by 9 points in the poll.’ Americans can understand that.”

“In a few minutes we’re going to show this guy’s connections with Turkey, his financial connections with Turkey,” he added. “Americans understand that. Why is it that he’s nice to countries where gives him the most money? Russia? Why is it that he bends over backwards to help the Saudis out when, what did he say in the campaign? They like my toys, they’ve given me $150 million.”

“Why is it that the Philippines, everybody else is turning on the Philippines because they have a savage leader there who doesn’t respect any human rights or norms?” Scaborough said. “Why? He’s got hotel property there, and the same thing with Turkey. Why is it every time he gets on the phone call with (Turkey’s Recep Tayyip) Erdoğan he gets off and he makes decisions that Americans understand are not in our best interest.”

Scarborough said the president’s support even seems to be eroding among some of his biggest public boosters.

“Whether you’re on Fox News, ‘Fox & Friends,’ or whether you’re on the ‘700 Club,’ Pat Robertson, or are whether you’re a guy that goes golfing with Donald Trump and you’ve completely forsaken everything that you believed in with John McCain with constitutional norms, you’re Lindsey Graham,” he said, “all of these people understand none of this is in America’s best interest.”

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House Judiciary Schedules Impeachment Hearings With Constitutional Law Experts – and Invites Trump to Attend

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President Donald Trump recently said he would be happy to testify at the House impeachment hearings, but never followed through. He may get his chance next week, when the next round of impeachment hearings is slated to begin.

This time the House Judiciary Committee will be in charge. Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) says the hearings will feature constitutional law experts, and he has invited the President and the president’s lawyers to attend.

Next week’s hearings are titled “The Impeachment Inquiry into President Donald J. Trump: Constitutional Grounds for Presidential Impeachment.”

A House Democratic aide calls it “a very serious and solemn matter. This process starts with applying the constitutional law to the facts that have been found and the evidence is order to assess the seriousness of the alleged high crimes and misdemeanors,” according to The Hill.

“The Committee intends this hearing to serve as an opportunity to discuss the historical and constitutional basis of impeachment, as well as the Framers’ intent of terms like ‘high crimes and misdemeanors,'” Chairman Nadler says in his letter addressed to President Trump.

The hearing for now is slated for just one day, Wednesday, December 4. If the president decides to testify or even attend, presumably that could be extended.

 

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State by State: Here Are the Top 5 States That Support Impeaching Trump and the Top 5 That Oppose It

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After having the last two Republican presidents installed by the Electoral College despite both having lost the popular vote by a substantial margin, Americans are starting to understand that national polls – and the national vote – aren’t the best measure of what the future holds. The polls weren’t wrong – Hillary Clinton did, in fact, beat Donald Trump, and by almost 3 million votes – but 77,000 or so people across three states had a different opinion, and they literally decided the election.

So it’s a very good idea to look at public opinion state by state, at least until the Electoral College is no more.

The folks at Civiqs are doing just that. They’ve been measuring public opinion, state by state, on impeaching President Trump since June of 2018. There are some interesting – and alarming – insights.

Overall (yes, not important, but good to know as a baseline) 52% of Americans support impeaching trump, according to Civiqs’ latest report, and 45% oppose impeaching him.

The majority of Americans 18-49 support impeachment, the majority of those 50 and older do not.

58% of women support impeaching Trump, but 52% of men don’t.

54% of whites oppose impeachment. 87% of Blacks, and 70% of Hispanics and Latinos support impeachment.

So, by state?

Here are the top five (six, actually, due to a tie) states that support impeaching President Trump:

Hawaii (71%), Vermont (68%), Massachusetts (66%), California (64%), and Rhode Island and Washington (tied at 63%).

And the top 5 states that oppose impeaching President Trump:

Wyoming (69%), West Virginia (68%), Oklahoma (65%), and Arkansas and North Dakota  (tied at 62%).

If you’re wondering how accurate this report is, Civiqs got 156,788 responses, which is a huge sample size.

 

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Trump Forced to Face ‘Lock Him Up’ Chants and ‘Impeach’ and ‘Dump Trump’ Signs as He Delivers Speech in New York

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President Donald Trump continued his strategy of using his office for political gain, including re-election, by delivering for the first time a speech in New York City on Veterans Day. Trump recently attended several sporting events where there were protests against him, and today was no different.

Surrounding Madison Square Park in Manhattan are several tall buildings, some of which featured signs that read “Impeach,” “Impeach and convict,” and “Dump Trump.” Outside the Manhattan park where Trump was speaking chants of “lock him up” and “impeach and remove” could be heard.

Recent reports show Trump has decided to ignore the historic separation of a president’s political campaign and his public appearances and the use of the White House. After being caught fraudulently fundraising, last week Trump announced he would host the winner of a social media contest promoting his campaign at the White House.

Here are some of the protests of Trump’s Monday speech in New York City.

 

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