Even though President Donald Trump has already left office, Democrats continue to hound and punish him. Will it do their party — or the nation — any good?
According to a Rasmussen Reports survey, further impeachment efforts against Trump will do more harm than good, Breitbart reported. Most Americans believe pursuing punishment for the former president will “cause more division” in the already fractured national political system.
In the days following President Joe Biden’s inauguration, Rasmussen surveyed 1,000 likely voters in the U.S. asking whether they thought the Senate’s impeachment trial of the former president would “help unite the country or will it cause more division? Or will it not make much difference?” The total response was that 57% percent of all those surveyed thought it would cause division while only 19% thought it would serve to unify the country. A full 20% thought it would make no difference at all.
Among party lines, Democrats said impeachment would unite the country 35% of the time while only 9% of Republicans agreed. In addition, 30% of Democrats thought impeachment would divide the country while a whopping 83% of Republicans worried that it would. Among those who identify as neither Democrat or Republican, 61% believed impeachment would divide the nation.
Rasmussen had been tracking public support for impeachment since the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 and the ensuing proceedings that began less than a week later. With only days left in Trump’s administration, nearly half of respondents favored removing him from office prior to Biden’s swearing-in, but support dropped off after the new president took office.
Since Trump is no longer president, the only remedy impeachment would provide is a conviction, ensuring he would no longer be eligible to hold office. Only 45% believe he should be convicted of “high crimes and misdemeanors,” compared with the 50% who believe he should not.
Still, Democrats in the Senate will begin Trump’s second impeachment trial Feb. 8, accusing him of inciting the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol. Although Trump encouraged supporters to protest the formalization of the Electoral College votes in favor of Biden that, he never called for violence. These brutal accusations and the subsequent legal action do not reflect the coming-together the new president promised.
“We must end this uncivil war that pits red against blue, rural versus urban, conservative versus liberal,” Biden said Jan. 20 during his Inauguration Day speech. “We can do this if we open our souls instead of hardening our hearts.”
Unfortunately, Democrats have always had it in for Trump, and this is their vicious last-ditch effort to pin the horrible actions of some of his supporters on him. What the left is doing to destroy Trump and smite him for good is not only harmful for the country, but also indicative of what they wish to do to all of their political adversaries — and that’s what’s truly frightening.