Congressman: Constituents 'fed up' with impeachment

Monday, October 14, 2019
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Chad Groening, Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

Rep. Adam Schiff (D) gesturingAn eye-opening Fox News poll suggests more than half the country supports impeaching President Trump but a GOP congressman says his constituents are sick of Democrats usurping an election.

“People are fed up,” Rep. Jim Banks, who is currently back home in Indiana’s 3rd District for a congressional recess, tells OneNewsNow.

“They hate seeing what they're seeing on TV every day,” he continues, “with this circus in Washington, the march toward impeachment of a president without –- at this point -- without a justification for doing so.”

Yet a Fox News poll turned heads in recent days after it showed 51 percent of respondents answered “Yes” to the question, “Should President Trump be impeached and removed from office?" Forty percent answered “No” to the question.

Banks

A similar poll in July found 42-percent support for impeachment and removal, and 45 percent opposed to impeachment. 

Tom Zawistowski, an Ohio-based tea party leader, says the poll is “bogus” because 48 percent of those polled identified as Democrat, leaving only 40 percent Republicans and 12 percent independent.

“That's nowhere near what the distribution of American voters are,” he complains. “For instance, there are only 31 percent of Americans who are Democrats. So you're talking about 31 versus 48. That's a 17-point difference."

Meanwhile, another polls shows 82 percent of Republicans – the majority in Banks's northeastern district around Fort Wayne – oppose impeachment, while 87 percent of Democrats want it according to Real Clear Politics.

Trump press conferenceBanks says he understands the public’s frustration.

“These hearings aren't about high crimes and misdemeanors this president has committed,” he says. “These committee hearings are about searching for high crimes and misdemeanors to impeach the president.”

According to Zawistowski, Trump isn’t weary or worn down by this impeachment fight. 

Vote Here (sign)“He's had to fight for everything he's got,” the tea party leader says of the real-estate-tycoon-turned-president. “He's dealt with unions. He's dealt with the mafia in New York. He's dealt with corrupt governments and politicians in New York, and all over the world quite frankly. And so people are grossly underestimating Donald Trump.”

Banks tells OneNewsNow there's a different poll that his constituents are waiting on: the ballot box.

“They look forward to voting literally one year from right now,” he says. “In Indiana, voters will be early voting, and voting for or against this president, and they don't want that right taken away from them by one party in Washington, D.C.”

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