Despite Impeachment, Trump Base Of Support Seems To Be Broadening

Written by Bill Thomas on November 27, 2019

After two weeks of non-stop, breathless news reporting on the latest impeachment bombshell and salivating left-wing pundits eagerly predicting the president’s demise, the truth is that the Democrats’ push for impeachment may have alienated more voters and turned them off. 

While Republicans, to this point, remain united and the president enjoys incredibly high approval ratings from the GOP; 90% or higher numbers of Republicans support President Trump, there are cracks in the Democrats’ wall of impeachment.

Independent voters are turning against the Democrats and, even more telling, some Democrats are beginning to wobble. Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-MI) a prominent supporter of Kamala Harris who had previously supported the impeachment inquiry, announced a few days ago that she no longer saw any “value” in the process and called for her fellow Democrats to throw their support behind a symbolic censure resolution. Since then, she’s had to walk her statement back, but it’s clear that the Democrats are struggling to stay together on impeachment.

That news has to cause a tremble in the Turkey Day plans of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA). If the cracks in the impeachment foundation are a tremor, then an earthquake may be coming.

Not only has support for removing the president shrunk, his base may be getting larger.

In a November 26, 2019 column in USA Today, Never Trumper Reuben Navarrette Jr. interviews several Latinos who support Trump. Here’s what he found. “These folks are not really Latino at all. They’re ‘post-Latino.’ They see themselves as Americans.”  He quotes Chris Salcedo, a conservative Mexican-American radio host in Texas who bills himself as a “liberty loving Latino.”

Salcedo says, “I’ve always resented the hell out of liberals, in the press and out of the press, who have said that I, because of my Latino surname, have anything in common with someone who is breaking into my country without our permission. When the president cracks down on illegal border crossings and human trafficking, I do not believe he’s attacking me — because I also want to stop those same things.”

Navarrette’s conclusion?  “Trump is likely to do better than expected with Latino voters.”

Not only is Trump’s support growing among Latinos, it is growing in the African American community, too.

Vernon Robinson III and Bruce Eberle note in Real Clear Politics in a November 26, 2019 opinion column, “the presidential campaign of Donald Trump announced a six-figure ad buy across black radio stations and in black newspapers. The newspaper campaign targeted 11 major markets in key states across the nation, including Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Virginia — all states that the Trump team believes will be in play in 2020.”

What does this mean? Robinson and Eberle surmise in their article that BLEXIT could be real. “The political battle for the black vote is truly joined, with Donald Trump making an all-out effort to win over black voters who have misgivings about the Democrats similar to those their ancestors had about Republicans in 1936. They feel and say similar things, such as: ‘The Democrats just want our votes, not our babies. The Democrats don’t care about our children getting a good education, while they send their own children to private schools. They talk about helping us climb the economic ladder of success, but it is Donald Trump that has finally made begun to make that happen.’”

What are the numbers showing? Just last week Rasmussen put out a tweet showing that both they and the Emerson poll had Trump with about 34% support by African Americans.  Will he get that percentage of the black vote in 2020?  Who knows. The truth is, though, that inroads are being made in every community and every group.

The Trump economy, conservative judicial nominees, stance for religious liberty, pro-life belief and his determination to drain the swamp and allow regular people the chance to prosper positively affect all Americans. All Americans benefit and they know it.

The Democrats’ civil war about who will lead them in 2020 combined with the futile and feckless impeachment attempt have left the liberal party a mess.

While the Democrats squabble and plot, Trump’s base may be growing. Won’t that be interesting as 2020 unfolds?

Bill Thomas
Bill Thomas lives in Washington, Missouri and is a professor at St. Louis Christian College. He's also on staff at First Christian Church in Washington, Missouri. He's authored two novellas, From the Ashes and The Sixty-First Minute published by White Feather Press of MI and three Bible studies, Surrounded by Grace, The Critical Questions and More and The Road to Victory published by CSS Publishing of OH.