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By Robert A. Vella

The main story we’re covering for this Tuesday is how the subject matter of the impeachment inquiry in the House of Representatives and the withdrawal of U.S. troops from northern Syria is causing a discernible drop in Republican support for President Trump from both the party’s base and from members of Congress.  The Syria move is especially concerning for Trump because it puts additional pressure on lawmakers who have been struggling to defend the President’s behavior.  Even televangelist Pat Robertson condemned the withdrawal and declared that Trump risks losing his “mandate of heaven” – which means absolutely nothing to me but does apparently mean a great deal to fundamentalist Christians who comprise the largest voting bloc within the GOP.

I apologize for the brevity of my own analysis today, but I did include several links for you to read on your own.  Here we go:

From:  Analysis: Trump loves to tout his base. But a new poll shows increasing GOP support for impeachment — and even removing him.

A new Washington Post-Schar School poll shows support for an impeachment inquiry rising to a new high after Democrats formally launched one. The 58 percent who support the inquiry is higher than in any other poll; the 38 percent who oppose it suggests only Trump’s most devoted base is now opposed.

But even that isn’t quite accurate — because it shows some of Trump’s base does support the inquiry and even his removal.

In fact, 28 percent of Republicans support the impeachment inquiry, and 18 percent say they support removing Trump from office, according to the poll. The rise in GOP support for the impeachment inquiry in the poll is commensurate with the rise in support among other groups, according to The Post’s Dan Balz and Scott Clement:

Since a July poll by The Post and ABC, there has been movement toward an impeachment inquiry among all three groups, with support for the inquiry rising by 25 points among Democrats, 21 points among Republicans and 20 points among independents.

This comes with a caveat: It’s the first poll to show such a high degree of support for impeachment and removal among Republicans, and we’ll have to see whether other polls bear this out. But there are suggestions that things could be moving with a small but significant slice of the GOP.

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From:  Turkey says it strikes Syria-Iraq border ahead of offensive

ANKARA/ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey’s military struck the Syrian-Iraqi border to prevent Kurdish forces using the route to reinforce northeast Syria, as Ankara prepares to launch an offensive there after a surprise U.S. troop pullback, Turkish officials told Reuters on Tuesday.

Turkey says it is ready to advance into northeast Syria, after the United States began pulling back troops from the Turkey-Syria frontier in an abrupt policy shift widely criticized in Washington as a betrayal of America’s allies.

See also:

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Trump’s Green Light to Turkey Raises Fears About ISIS Detainees

Caught Between Trump, Turkey and Kurds, Pentagon Struggles to Piece Together Syria Strategy

Exclusive: Official Who Heard Call Says Trump Got ‘Rolled’ By Turkey and ‘Has No Spine’

McConnell warns Trump most of Senate opposes Syria troop withdrawal

In other news:

From:  Trump administration tells agencies to restrict unions in the workplace

Federal agencies have been told to carry out Trump administration directives aimed at restricting the role of unions in the federal workplace and giving agencies the maximum discretion in taking disciplinary actions against employees, now that a court ban against many of those policies has been lifted.

[…]

The Office of Personnel Management’s memo came just days after a court lifted a year-long injunction in a union-sponsored lawsuit against three executive orders issued in May 2018.

Several months later, a federal district court agreed with the unions that major parts of the orders overstepped the president’s authority under civil service law.

However, in July of this year a federal appeals court held, without ruling on that issue, that the dispute belongs instead before the Federal Labor Relations Authority, which decides on disputes between agencies and unions.

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7 thoughts on “Tuesday Headlines: Trump is losing Republican support because of Impeachment and Syria

  1. Once again I can’t help but ask … if you’re not guilty, why and what are you hiding?

    If tRumpsky’s supporters spent even an iota of time considering all the “blocks” he’s put up to stop information from being shared, MAYBE they might begin to look at him differently.

    Wishful thinking, I know.

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    • Most of them, yes. My neighborhood and apartment complex has many Trump supporters. I’d say about half of them are behind Trump 100%. About a quarter still support him but are deeply embarrassed by his behavior. The remaining quarter are accepting impeachment albeit reluctantly.

      If this is even remotely accurate, it means that Americans’ opposition to impeachment has fallen to around 40% and could drop further into the mid-30s. If it does get that low, the pressure on congressional Republicans – particularly in the Senate – will be painfully felt with the 2020 election looming around the corner. In that case, anything is possible.

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      • Where I live (central Fla.), I’d say trump’s approval is about 80% from what I can see. Bear in mind, it’s a lot of older white retired and small town people, which seems typical.

        If one lived in Mass., NY or the West coast and any large city, it might be a different story.

        A lady I deal with at my bank told me yesterday that the coal miners are all happy now with their economy as coal is coming back and the cities are growing again. I think she and whoever told her this, must be delusional.

        I think about all this a lot…too much and have come to the conclusion that Fox News and other far right news outlets and religion in general and been the most destructive force in recent human existence (probably started with Reagan) when the religious right took over the Republican Party.

        I have grave doubts for the future and many seem oblivious or simply don’t care.

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        • Mary, the congressional district I live in has been held by Republicans since the 2010 election; however, their margin over Democrats here (roughly 52%-48%) is probably much narrower than in your conservative Florida district. Regardless, my previous comment and the article linked in this post instead specifically address the attitudes of Trump supporters towards impeachment; and, in this regard, there is definitely a change occurring. The relevant questions are how much impact this shift in public opinion will have on: 1) opposition to impeachment in Congress, and 2) the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.

          I’m sure it must be very depressing living where you do, and I’m sure I would be depressed too. But, in these trying times it is especially important for us to be aware that depression can lead to serious mental health issues. When I see people around me who are constantly negative, who cloud their rational minds with pessimism, and who never see any humor in the world, it gives me real cause for concern.

          As bad as Trump and his supporters are, as pernicious as Christian fanaticism is, these societal problems are not uncorrectable. When you and I were children, America did not suffer so; yet, right-wing and religious extremism were also present. If they were held in check back then, then they can be again. Climate change represents an even greater existential threat, and I’m doubtful we can solve it; but, that doesn’t mean we should give up hope and stop trying.

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  2. Thank you, Robert…truly I’m not depressed…just frustrated and I do have a few wonderful friends here who think like I do…and I have a very good life here…it’s just the politics of this area that I am not use to. I just can’t wrap my mind around the mindset…
    Thanks for your comment to me.

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