During an MSNBC panel discussion on Donald Trump’s overwhelming caseload of legal woes, a GOP strategist claimed they won’t impact the president’s fortunes because many voters regard special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation as merely Beltway “inside baseball,” only to have it swatted away with a poll she specifically cited.
Speaking with host Alex Witt, Republican consultant Rina Shah claimed that when the dust settles Trump will still be standing.
“We think about what is coming down the pike and tariffs and all those things will hit the Americans that voted for Trump really hard next year and the one thing they will care about is all this probing and lawsuits,” Shah began her argument. “I think there’s such a distaste outside of the Beltway for really essentially how this is all playing out.”
“This is more taxpayer money that is being used to probe another thing and it’s so inside baseball to the average American, ” she offered. “The [tracking poll] numbers don’t budge. Forty-eight percent approve of [Trump’s] job, 50 percent disapprove. That is not moving the needle.”
Veteran journalist Jonathan Alter was not having it.
“In that poll only 34% of the American public believes that Donald Trump is telling the truth — that is a horrible number for him,” Alter admonished her.
“You’re saying we know none of this means anything to the people out there,” he continued. “That is completely unsupported. A lot of people are paying attention to their own lives and not so much to what’s going on in Washington. But there are polls that show the more they learn, the more negative it is for Donald Trump. They will all learn a lot when the Mueller report comes out. “
Alter then added, “He’s in a really bad position.”
You can watch the video below via MSNBC: