Wednesday morning, Politico reported that Republican voters are willing to turn a blind eye to Trump's corruption no matter how blatant and over the top it is. In a poll conducted July 20-24, they found that 37% of Republicans think it would be appropriate for Trump to fire special counsel Robert Mueller even though Mueller is investigating Trump. Another 34% conveniently have no opinion.
To the surprise of no one, Republicans are badly out of step with the rest of the country:
There is a huge gap in partisan perceptions: Democrats say overwhelmingly that firing Mueller would be inappropriate, 67 percent to 11 percent. Independents also tilt heavily against firing Mueller, 47 percent to 19 percent. But Republicans say, 37 percent to 29 percent, that it would be appropriate."
Forty-eight percent of voters say it would be inappropriate for President Trump to fire Robert Mueller," said Morning Consult Co-founder and Chief Research Officer Kyle Dropp.
An optimistic person would look at the 34% of Republican voters with no opinion as a sign that maybe they wouldn't support Trump but recent history strongly suggests otherwise:
More Americans than ever view the news through red-colored glasses. In 2013, when Barack Obama was president, a Washington Post-ABC News poll found that only 22 percent of Republicans supported the U.S. launching missile strikes against Syria in response to Bashar al-Assad using chemical weapons against civilians.
A new Post-ABC poll finds that 86 percent of Republicans support Donald Trump’s decision to launch strikes on Syria for the same reason. Only 11 percent are opposed.
Meanwhile, Democratic support/opposition remained roughly the same across presidencies because the left is motivated by complex questions like, "Is this the moral thing to do? What are the ramifications of doing it? Is it necessary?" while the right is motivated by one simple question, "What position do I need to take to support my side and oppose liberals?"
Most, if not all, of that 34% who currently have no opinion will convert to enthusiastic support about 10 seconds after Trump fires Mueller. They won't support him because they believe he's right, they'll support him because he's on their team and that's really the only thing that matters. They won't care about the Constitution they claim to revere, the rule of law they claim to champion, certainly not the alleged Christian virtues they lord over us, none of that. Republicans have become a political movement of pure tribalism.
When Trump inevitably fires Mueller you will see two things in the polling data. First, the percent of Republicans that support the firing will jump by 20-25 points. Second, the percent of Republicans that think Trump should be impeached over it will be somewhere in the single digits because even the ones that don't support the firing are just putting on a show. Much like John McCain's entire career as a "maverick", they'll make faint protestations but won't actually want anything done about it.
If you think this is bad, wait until the polling comes out showing how Republicans feel about Trump pardoning himself.
There are 468 days left to the 2018 elections.
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