The Democrats and their outlandishly partisan push towards impeachment is already backfiring in ways that even Nancy Pelosi – no slouch when it comes to politics – might not have predicted. By moving forward with an impeachment inquiry that is based entirely on the party’s hatred of Trump and predicated on – at best – a “slap on the wrist” misstep on the part of the president, Pelosi has energized the Republican base in a way that could spell doom for Democrats’ hope of retaking the White House…or even holding on to the House of Representatives.
In comments to the Washington Examiner, RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said that the impeachment cloud hanging over Trump was electrifying the base, boosting already-robust donations, and even bringing some disaffected Democrats over to the GOP’s side.
“The longer this goes,” McDaniel said, “we are seeing more and more voters shift to supporting the president and recognizing that this is a totally partisan endeavor by the Democrats. At every level, we have increased our share of people who want to contribute and invest.”
McDaniel pointed to RNC polls that show Trump’s approval rating has actually gone up in 17 important 2020 states since Democrats began their inquiry. 70% of voters in those states believe that the impeachment push is all about politics and have no patience with Democrats who have failed to put forward coherent plans on healthcare and the economy.
McDaniel also told the Examiner that President Trump’s rallies were an integral part of the pushback against impeachment. She said that 30% of rally attendees were self-described Democrats.
“These are new people who are coming out,” she said. “They haven’t always voted Republican and they haven’t always voted.”
McDaniel’s comments add to the growing swell of Republican voices who believe that, in the end, Pelosi’s charge towards impeachment will help give Donald Trump a second term. Last week, Wisconsin State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said much the same thing at a WisPolitics.com luncheon.
“It’s got the Trump voter jazzed up,” said Fitzgerald. “I mean, I don’t think there’s any two ways of looking at it, they are fired up. They’re upset with what’s going on. I think the Democrats — and Nancy Pelosi must know this — that there’s a point where they can overplay their hand and I think they’re very close to it right now. If they try to delegitimize Donald Trump’s election there’s going to be a backlash and I think it’s going to be turnout. And it’s probably not going to be necessarily the hardcore Republicans that people should take a look at. It’s those independents.”