March 19, 2019
The rest of the country has moved on from 2016 -- why can't Democrats? We're one desk calendar away from 2020, and liberals are still trying to prove that Donald Trump couldn't have won a two-and-a-half-year-old election without cheating. Even now, they don't have a scrap of proof. But they'll keep looking -- because in the end, collusion is a whole lot easier for the Left to swallow than the truth: that Americans chose a conservative agenda over theirs.
Although we're still waiting for the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report, most Americans have already made up their minds. After even Michael Cohen, insider-turned-Trump-enemy, told House leaders there was no Russian conspiracy, people are ready to turn the page on the Democrats' grudge match. If anything, the Left's relentless pursuit of Trump may have turned him into a more sympathetic character. "Trump, he gets badgered every single day," a New York man told USA Today.
Now, with Mueller's investigation coming to a close, more people seem to be siding with the president, who's insisted the whole thing was a fishing expedition from the start. Only 28 percent of Americans believe the FBI director's investigation is fair and accurate -- that's the lowest level to date. A USA Today/Suffolk University survey also found a startling number of people -- 59 percent -- generally trust the president's denials about wrongdoing in 2016. Of the people who had "some" trust in Mueller's investigation, half agree that President Trump has been the victim of a "witch hunt."
As far as the White House is concerned, the investigation has been a waste of taxpayer dollars from the beginning. "So, if there was knowingly & acknowledged to be 'zero' crime when the Special Counsel was appointed," President Trump tweeted, "and if the appointment was made based on the Fake Dossier (paid for by Crooked Hillary) and now disgraced Andrew McCabe (he & all stated no crime), then the Special Counsel should never have been appointed and there should be no Mueller Report. This was an illegal & conflicted investigation in search of a crime. Russian Collusion was nothing more than an excuse by the Democrats for losing an election that they thought they were going to win. THIS SHOULD NEVER HAPPEN TO A PRESIDENT AGAIN!"
No wonder Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) lost her appetite for bringing formal charges against Trump. By a 62-28 percent margin, Americans don't want the president to be impeached -- a wider gap than even the 54-39 percent mark from October. "I think the American people are tired of this kind of harassment of the president," House Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) said. And they're turning on his biggest abusers -- including the liberal media, who refuse to give the president a fair shake, despite major improvements on unemployment, national security, and foreign relations.
Fortunately, the American people don't need the media to tell them when things are looking up. They understand positive change when they see it. Seven in 10 people now think the economy is in "good shape." Only 27 percent disagree. Even the president's approval rating is up, two points over this point last year -- and climbing. If I'm a liberal, I have to be concerned. Not only is my anti-Trump strategy backfiring, but my friends in the media are losing their grip on the country. And, making matters worse, our radical platform is pushing Middle America away.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the president "cumulatively leads a generic Democratic opponent, 46 percent to 40 percent," in Pennsylvania, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin" -- some of the same states, which, not-so-coincidentally, have told liberals to turn down their extremism a notch. While the Left's fixation on stopping President Trump's agenda is certainly slowing his administration down, it's also putting them at odds with voters -- the same ones they need to win in 2020.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.