Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Trump Calls It A "Witch Hunt" - The Public Disagrees
Donald Trump, and his administration lackeys, are desperately trying to minimize the investigations into whether Russia interfered with the 2016 presidential election, and whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia in that interference. They are labeling the investigations as a "witch hunt" with no substance.
But he has not convinced the American public of that. They don't see the investigations as a witch hunt at all. They see them as investigating something important to the preservation of our democratic system.
About 60% say Russia did interfere in the election, 72% say the Russian interference helped Trump to win, 66% now don't trust Trump to effectively negotiate with the Russian leader (Putin), 67% think members of the Trump campaign intentionally colluded with the Russians to affect the election, and 63% say it was inappropriate for Kushner, Manafort, and Trump Jr. to meet with the Russians.
Those are some pretty substantial numbers, and they're not good for the Trump administration. One Republican (Trey Gowdy) says he's tired of the drip, drip, drip of facts about the Trump campaign meetings with Russia, and he asked them to get all the truth out immediately about those meetings. But Trump can't do that. The truth is that his campaign (likely with his knowledge and permission) did collude with the Russians -- and that collusion was both unethical and illegal. It would result in his impeachment.
The charts above are from a new ABC News / Washington Post Poll -- done between July 10th and 13th of a random national sample of 1,001 adults, with a 3.5 point margin of error.