House Democrats voted to impeach President Donald Trump Wednesday night, but his approval rating continues to improve while a recent poll shows the majority of Americans oppose his impeachment.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) rejoiced at last night's announcement of the historic partisan vote (230 Democrats vs. 197 Republicans) to impeach the 45th president on the first charge of "abuse of power" of his office. That charge alleged that Trump requested Ukraine's president to investigate 2020 presidential election rival Joe Biden for leveraging foreign aid to protect the alleged corrupt business dealings of his son, Hunter Biden.
"Article 1 is adopted," Pelosi proclaimed once the vote was announced. Almost immediately, Pelosi glared at Democrats (pictured) who had begun to clap, motioning for them to stop.
That announcement was followed by another partisan vote (229-198) to impeach Trump on a second charge: obstruction of Congress.
No Republicans voted for either article of impeachment; two Democrats voted for the first article, three for the second. On both articles, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) voted "present."
"[It's] a great day for the Constitution of the United States," the House speaker stated afterwards. "A sad one for America that the president's reckless activities necessitated us having to introduce articles of impeachment."
Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) came down hard on House Democrats for going forward with their impeachment campaign that he believes is a last-resort attempt to do whatever they can to keep Trump from being on the 2020 presidential election ticket – insisting that they cannot beat him by conventional means.
"They want to take away my vote and throw it in the trash," Stewart asserted, according to The Associated Press.
Grounds for impeachment unconstitutional?
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A tea party activist contends the Supreme Court could have a role in derailing the Democrats' impeachment train.
Tom Zawistowski, president of the We the People Convention and the Ohio Citizens PAC, says it's clear to him that President Donald Trump isn't going to be removed from office.
"What the Democrats are doing in the House is unconstitutional. Their grounds for impeachment do not fit the standards of the impeachment clause in the Constitution," he argues.
"And so one of things they could do is refer it to the Supreme Court for a ruling – and my guess is that the Supreme Court would rule that their impeachment is unconstitutional and could just dismiss it that way."
But the tea party leader admits he would prefer that the Senate hold a trial and call certain people to testify.
"I would like Hunter Biden to testify," says Zasiztowski. "[And] I would really like to have the prosecutor in Ukraine who was fired come to testify because Rudy Giuliani has been with him and they have hard evidence that what Hunter Biden did and what Joe Biden did is much more of a crime than anything happening with Donald Trump. I would love to see that."
Zawistowski argues that what Democrats have falsely accused the president of doing is essentially what Democrats themselves have done.
Going against the people?
Even as Democrats continue to press forward with their impeachment campaign, a recent poll indicates much of the American public is no longer behind their efforts – having changed after Pelosi and House Democrats announced the commencement of their impeachment inquiry.
"Support for the inquiry – and, indeed, for impeachment and removal – spiked 'into the black' for a while, having been deep in the red at the conclusion of the Mueller investigation," Townhall reported. "The Ukraine matter was different and serious, but as the process has dragged on – including nationally televised hearings – the electorate's openness to impeachment has faded."
A Wednesday poll showed that despite House Dems' efforts, Trump's approval "inches up" toward a record high, while Americans' "support for impeachment dips."
"[The poll shows] 45% approve of Trump's job performance – marking his third consecutive increase," the Gallup Poll published Wednesday divulged. "Support for impeachment [is] still contentious, but continues to dip – now at 46%."
Insisting that Democrats have shot themselves in the foot over with their continued impeachment proceedings, Trump's 2020 Presidential Campaign rapid response director Andrew Clark took to social media to highlight his team's advantages on the day of the vote.
"On day of impeachment vote: -Trump approval inches up to a near record-high. -Independent support for Trump surges to record-high. -Support for impeachment slips even further underwater," Clark tweeted Wednesday. "Democrats are tripping across their own finish line."
The turnaround in Trump's favor was also noted by former White House press secretary Ari Fleisher.
"In October, Trump's job approval/disapproval was -18 … now it's -6 – a 12-point swing," Fleischer tweeted Wednesday. "I wonder what has happened in Washington since October to improve Trump's standing so much..."
Americans just not interested in impeachment
Despite House Democrats' attempts to capture America's attention as they seek to incriminate the president during their impeachment process, Americans appear disinterested and unconcerned.
After reviewing extensive public opinion of the impeachment inquiry orchestrated by Pelosi and other Democratic leaders, Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume concluded that Americans demonstrated "little interest" in the House vote to impeach the president – stressing that the allegations made against Trump "didn't really go anywhere."
"The striking thing to me … is how little interest people are showing in this – [and] the polls reflect that," Hume shared on Fox's Tucker Carlson Tonight, according to Fox News. "I was up in the woods in Pennsylvania this week for Christmas, and I had lunch today with some guys who live up here. They're smart guys, successful guys. They're interested in politics, and there was almost no discussion of this. This on the very day that the vote was gonna be held, and I think it's because it hasn't moved people and captured people's imagination."
Hume emphasized how the so-called evidence or "crimes" brought against Trump simply have not held up to scrutiny.
"I mean, we're talking about the temporary withholding of aid that was ultimately provided in exchange for an investigation that wasn't conducted," Hume added. "And while it was, I think, improper for the president to raise Joe Biden's name in that now-famous conversation, it really didn't go anywhere."
He also discounted Democrats' contention that the commander-in-chief jeopardized America's national security.
"This administration's policy toward Ukraine was stronger than the previous administrations," Hume argued. "Which leaves you to wonder how exactly was our national security compromised?"
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