Public Support for Trump Impeachment Surges Ahead of 'March for Truth'
Just days before anti-Trump marches are set to take place in over 100 cities across the United States, the results of a new poll published on Wednesday suggest that a growing number of Americans want Congress to impeach the president, whose young administration is beset with scandals implicating not merely Trump himself, but members of his family and cabinet as well.
According to the poll, conducted by Politico/Morning Consult, 43 percent of Americans now favor impeachment—an increase of 5 percent from just last week. And though this number, as Politico notes, is “still less than the 45 percent who don’t want Congress to impeach Trump,” the trend is pointing in a perilous direction for the administration.
In addition to deep concerns about allegations that Trump attempted to obstruct an ongoing investigation into his campaign’s ties to and possible collusion with the Russian government, the poll also indicates that many believe he, both through his words and his actions, “has proven he is unfit to serve.”
Emboldened by the growing ferocity of the opposition to Trump’s flagging administration and his right-wing agenda—which includes stripping healthcare from millions, undercutting civil rights, and dismantling what is left of the social safety net—progressive groups throughout the country are launching marches on Saturday that will “call for a fair and impartial investigation [into Trump’s ties to Russia], for the pursuit of truth, and for the restoration of faith in our electoral system and the Office of the Presidency.”
“June 3rd is a call for all Americans to come together as one and march to protect the very foundation of our democracy.”
—Bob BlandOrganized under the banner #MarchforTruth and with the support of groups like Indivisible and Public Citizen, the day of action will include an appearance by, among many others, Jill Wine-Banks, who served as a prosecutor during the Watergate scandal.
“June 3rd is a call for all Americans to come together as one and march to protect the very foundation of our democracy,” Bob Bland, a fashion designer who was a chair of the Women’s March on Washington, told NBC News. Combined with their call for an independent commission to investigate Trump’s ties to Russia, organizers are also calling on the president to release his tax returns, a demand also in line with public opinion.
Pundits and politicians, responding to public outcry, have debated the merits of pursuing impeachment as a method of shielding “the very foundation of our democracy.” Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) urged caution on the point recently, saying that he is “not going to rush impeachment.”
Many analysts disagree with Booker’s stance, however, arguing that it doesn’t comport with concrete realities.
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