On Friday, Douglas Brinkley, a presidential historian, predicted that Donald Trump’s public support will collapse as the impeachment inquiry into his dealings with Ukraine moves forward.
“It just tells you what deep trouble Donald Trump is in. I mean, when you have 50 percent of the country wanting you not just impeached but removed from office, and the game hasn’t even gotten fast yet,” Brinkley stated on CNN, where he is a contributor.
CNN presidential historian Douglas Brinkley on a recent poll showing 50% of Americans support impeaching and removing Trump from office:
After Congress votes, "you're going to see that movement grow even more… He's a base politician. He doesn't know how to turn this around." pic.twitter.com/wR9iCB4Jho
— New Day (@NewDay) November 29, 2019
“I think once the vote is taken by Congress to impeach him and he’s wearing the ‘I’ on his chest, you’re going to see that movement grow even more,” Brinkley predicted.
“It tells you he doesn’t have a lot of friends. He’s a base politician. He doesn’t know how to turn this around,” he added.
“I think the Democrats might want to look at the way Jimmy Carter pulled off a victory in 1976. He took the high road. He ran on saying, I will never tell a lie to you,” Brinkley said. “He didn’t have to say Nixon’s lies or Lyndon Johnson’s lies, just that I am clean, good governance coming your way if you vote for me.”
On Tuesday a poll released by Quinnipiac University found a very slight shift in Trump’s direction on impeachment. That survey found “45 percent in favor of Trump’s impeachment and removal, with 48 percent against it.” Those numbers were a total reversal from findings in last month’s poll.
A recent poll conducted by CNN saw “50 percent of Americans said Trump should be impeached and removed from office, while 43 percent said he should not be.” These numbers matched a poll conducted back in October.