President Donald Trump claimed on Tuesday morning, without providing evidence to back up his assertions, that Americans are overwhelmingly against the prospect of impeaching or removing him from office.
“Newest Poll: Only 11% in favor of starting ridiculous impeachment hearings,” Trump tweeted out. He also touted his administration’s supposed successes, including high employment numbers, the continual climbing of the stock market, and the “best and newest” military he implied had been depleted by his predecessor.
….Best and Newest Military (almost totally rebuilt from the depleted military I took over) in History, Best V.A. in History (Choice), and MUCH, MUCH MORE. Gee, let’s impeach the President. The “Squad” (AOC Plus 3) and other Dems suffer from Trump Derangement Syndrome. Crazy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 23, 2019
Many contend the successes Trump brags apart are due, at least in part, to the economy he inherited from former President Barack Obama. Whether that’s true or not remains to be seen, but at least one aspect of Trump’s tweet — the polling number he stated — appears to be made up.
According to reporting from the Washington Post, the poll Trump was touting could not be identified. There doesn’t seem to be any new polls released in recent days that match Trump’s claim.
Past polling on the subject suggests Americans are more equally divided on the subject than Trump makes them out to be — in fact, some polls have shown as many as four times the number of Americans support the idea of impeachment than Trump said on Tuesday.
A Gallup poll released earlier this month found that 45 percent of Americans were actually in favor of beginning impeachment proceedings, while a majority, 53 percent, were against them.
Trump’s comments on Americans’ attitudes on impeachment come just days before former special counsel Robert Mueller is set to testify on the report he submitted to the Department of Justice regarding the president’s actions. That testimony will likely include discussion of at least 10 instances where Trump may have committed acts of obstruction of justice.
Several political commentators have questioned whether Mueller’s hands were tied in his decision not to charge the president with an indictment, and some have suggested that his report is meant to be read as an impeachment referral to Congress.