It’s day 3 of the Senate impeachment trial, and Americans have already tuned out.
Fewer than 12 million people watched the trial’s opening day on Tuesday, compared with about 13 million who viewed the first day of impeachment hearings back in November. That was already a low bar to cross: Day 1 of those hearings drew 32 percent lower ratings than even James Comey’s uneventful Senate testimony in 2017.
With each new hoax, more Americans catch on and simply change the channel. During November’s sham “hearings,” for example, viewership dropped quickly as Democrats’ “star witnesses” offered no actual evidence to support impeachment. In fact, most of them had never even met President Trump. They just shared their opinions.
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This week, Democrats’ impeachment managers were repeating themselves by hour two of their opening statements, if not sooner. It’s no mystery why. “They don’t have much to work with. That’s their entire problem right there,” Michael Goodwin writes for the New York Post.
It turns out if you don’t conduct a real investigation, and instead just call up friendly witnesses and orchestrate selective media leaks, you don’t have much to report. The American people aren’t stupid: If all they hear is repetitive partisan bluster instead of real facts and evidence, they stop listening.
Of course, there’s another reason for the monotony. Congressional Democrats’ push for impeachment didn’t start this week, or last fall, or even last summer. It started before President Trump even took the Oath of Office, more than 3 years ago:
- “‘Impeachment’ is already on the lips of pundits, newspaper editorials, constitutional scholars, and Congress,” Politico wrote on April 17, 2016.
- “The campaign to impeach President Trump has begun,” The Washington Post wrote 19 MINUTES after the President was sworn in.
- Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) was chanting “impeach 45” during President Trump’s first year in office.
- Democrats’ first impeachment resolution came in the summer of 2017. The next round of articles followed that November. . . and then again in December 2017, January 2018, March 2019, May 2019, and July 2019.
Weaponizing impeachment for partisan revenge is a terrible precedent for our country and future Presidents. The good news, at least, is that the American people aren’t falling for it.