MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough ridiculed President Donald Trump’s efforts to fight impeachment — which is quickly growing in public support.
A new Fox News poll shows a record-high 51 percent want Trump impeached and removed, while just 40 percent oppose impeachment, and two-thirds of Americans believe he acted inappropriately by asking foreign leaders for campaign help.
“Well, (these numbers) are breathtaking, actually, is what they are for anybody observing politics,” the “Morning Joe” host began. “For Donald Trump, for people close to him in the White House, these are breathtaking numbers, they’re staggering numbers.”
He warned GOP donors to stop wasting their money on efforts to help Trump fight impeachment, because they’re clearly not working.
“These poll numbers are occurring at the same time they are raising hundreds of millions of dollars and spending tens of millions of dollars to burnish their image on television, in digital ads,” Scarborough said. “That money is being burnt if the you’re giving your money to Donald Trump right now, it’s literally going up in flames in these digital ads because the more they put out there, the more his numbers collapse and the more erratic he gets.”
Scarborough said the president’s conspiracy theories are simply not taking hold with the public.
“Of course, 66 percent say that that call that Donald Trump said was perfect to the Ukrainian president, they said it was wrong,” he said. “Two-thirds of Americans said it was wrong. What about this final number that almost half of Americans say, in this Fox News poll, say Donald Trump is getting what he deserves, and a far less number of people actually clinging to their conspiracy theories that suggest that people are out to get Trump. Bad news on all fronts from this Fox News poll.”
Scarborough said the president’s political tricks no longer seem to work.
“The very things that Donald Trump did to get elected, the very things did he for the first two and a half years of his presidency to help him survive scandals, are now working against him,” Scarborough said.
Polls show a solid majority believe the impeachment inquiry is legitimate, and nearly two-thirds believe the president is stonewalling a lawful investigation.
“You can see what he did yesterday,” Scarborough said. “The attacks he received from Republicans were without a doubt the fiercest he’s received since he’s won the party’s nomination back in the summer of 2016.”
“You know, again, this is Donald Trump, hey, let’s change the subject, let’s create another controversy, one that’s even going to inflame people even more,” he added, “and what happens, it just makes Republicans turn on the man even more … This is the first time the man couldn’t walk out on Fifth Avenue, shoot somebody and get away with it, because it seems that a majority of Americans are finally on to him.”
Ex-cops indicted in fatal shooting of Black woman and ‘public torture’ of Black man in separate incidents
Two former Mississippi police officers were indicted in the brutal beating of a Black motorist, and one of them was also charged in an unrelated fatal shooting.
Wade Robertson, 28, and Bryce Gilbert, 27, were charged with aggravated assault in the 2018 beating of James Barnett, and Robertson was also charged with manslaughter in the 2019 shooting death of Dominique Henry, reported The Laurel Leader-Call.
Quarantine, racial strife, Trump have Michelle Obama feeling down
Former First Lady Michelle Obama said she is suffering from "low-grade depression" from coronavirus quarantine, racial strife in the United States and the "hypocrisy" of the Trump administration.
Obama made the remarks in the latest episode of "The Michelle Obama Podcast" released on Spotify on Wednesday.
"I'm waking up in the middle of the night because I'm worrying about something or there's a heaviness," the 56-year-old former First Lady said.
"I try to make sure I get a workout in, although there have been periods throughout this quarantine, where I just have felt too low," she said.
Another watchdog at US State Department abruptly gone
The internal watchdog looking into accusations against Secretary of State Mike Pompeo abruptly quit Wednesday, just months after his predecessor was fired.
The State Department's acting inspector general, Stephen Akard, is a longtime aide to Vice President Mike Pence and his installation in May had widely been seen as a way to keep a friendly figure in the role.
Akard informed colleagues that he is "returning to the private sector after years of public service," a State Department spokesperson said.
"We appreciate his dedication to the Department and to our country."
But Akard's departure comes just as his office finalizes a report on Pompeo's controversial decision to bypass Congress to sell $8.1 billion in arms to Saudi Arabia and other Arab allies.