On August 24, 2023, Donald Trump made history by becoming the first former president of the United States to be captured for posterity in a mugshot. That’s in addition to the record he set previously of having been criminally indicted four times with a total of 91 felony counts. Second place is a 45-way tie with zero indictments.
True to form, Trump is pretending to be proud of these “accomplishments.” He claims that these multiple prosecutions are enhancing his popularity and electability. And, like any good wannabe messiah, Trump claims that’s he’s being persecuted for “your” sins, and that the Democratic demons are actually after you, but he’s just “in the way.”
However, Trump’s cockiness is profoundly inapt. A new POLITICO Magazine/Ipsos poll reveals what the American people really think about Trump and his mounting legal liabilities. And not surprisingly, the results don’t align with Trump’s delusional distortion of reality. According to Politico…
“The survey results suggest Americans are taking the cases seriously — particularly the Justice Department’s 2020 election case — and that most people are skeptical of Trump’s claim to be the victim of a legally baseless witch hunt or an elaborate, multi-jurisdictional effort to ‘weaponize’ law enforcement authorities against him.”
What follows is a summary of Politico’s findings.
About half of the country believes Trump is guilty in the pending prosecutions.
“48 percent of respondents reporting that they believe Trump is guilty in [the Manhattan District Attorney’s] case [and] majorities said that they believe Trump is guilty in the other cases — 51 percent in the pending Justice Department and Fulton County prosecutions concerning the 2020 election, and 52 percent in the Justice Department’s classified documents case.” NOTE: This also includes a majority of independents.
Most Americans believe Trump should stand trial before the 2024 election.
“59% of respondents in the poll said that the federal trial in Trump’s 2020 election subversion case should take place before the 2024 Republican primaries begin early next year. A slightly higher number — 61 percent of all respondents — said that the trial should take place before the general election next November.” NOTE: This includes 63% of Independents and even 33% of Republicans.
A conviction in DOJ’s 2020 election case would hurt Trump in the general election.
“Nearly one-third of respondents (32 percent) said that a conviction in the case would make them less likely to support Trump, including about one-third of independents (34 percent).”
Half of the country believes Trump should go to prison if convicted in DOJ’s Jan. 6 case.
“50% of respondents said that he should go to prison, including a large majority of Democrats (87 percent) and a slight majority of independents (51 percent).”
Trump and the GOP’s ‘weaponization’ defense appears to be having limited traction.
“Fifty-nine percent of respondents — including nearly two-thirds of independents — said that the Justice Department’s decision to indict Trump in the 2020 election case was based on a fair evaluation of the evidence and the law. […] In fact, more people (53%) believe Trump is guilty of weaponizing the legal system than Biden.”
Trump is the prevailing villain in the story of his indictments
“Respondents provided Trump with a net favorability rating of -31 percent — the worst figure, by far, in this battery of questions.” NOTE: President Biden, Merrick Garland, Jack Smith, and the Justice Department all scored far more favorably.
Given the results of this poll, it is no wonder that Trump’s psychological state has suffered a severe decline. But it is still astonishing that, under these circumstances, Republicans are scrambling to bolster their defense for – and support of – Trump, as the American people become ever more disgusted and repulsed by both Trump and his sycophantic party confederates. All in all, this bodes well for Democrats next year.
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