A new USA Today/Suffolk University Poll found that half of Americans now agree that the Mueller investigation of President Trump is a “witch hunt,” while the number who say they have a lot of trust in the investigation to be fair and accurate has dropped to an all-time low of 28 percent. In a warning to over-caffeinated House Democrats, support for impeaching Trump has dropped 10 points since October to only 28 percent.
Naturally, this being USA Today, the article also notes the 52 percent who say they have little or no trust in the president's denials that his 2016 campaign colluded with Russia (but even that number is down seven points since December, and the percentage who have a lot of faith in Trump’s denials is up to a high of 30 percent.) And it focuses heavily on Trump’s tweets and “attacks” on the Mueller probe as the likely reasons for the drop in faith in Mueller’s investigation.
Considering that Trump has been attacking the fairness of the investigation and tweeting that it was a witch hunt from day one, isn’t it more likely that the recent big drop has been due to something else? Like, maybe, all the revelations that the investigation was indeed ginned up from phony evidence by rabid political partisans who lied and leaked and did everything within their power and beyond it to overturn the results of the 2016 election? Or the fact that all the indictments and convictions alluded to in the story relate to process crimes and business and tax infractions from years ago that had nothing to do with the 2016 election, the kind that you could probably levy against hundreds of people in Washington if you turned a prosecutor loose on them with a wide-open mandate and an unlimited budget to find a crime?
Or maybe Americans are just waking up to the realization that they’ve been fed a 24/7 diet of Russia collusion stories by a rabidly anti-Trump media for over two years, and the only evidence of any collusion with Russia that we’ve seen proves that Hillary’s campaign paid Russians for unverified sleaze on Trump. That’s the story that mainstream media outlets really don’t want to focus on. They'd rather focus on how their relentless anti-Trump coverage made people distrust Trump's denials. Admitting their own part in advancing a false narrative would suggest that the drop in faith in Mueller’s investigation could go hand-in-hand with a drop in faith in the media to be honest, non-partisan purveyors of truth.
If that’s what they’re afraid could be happening, they might as well stop worrying. I have news for them: that ship sailed a long time ago.
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